Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” organized by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in October 1981. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. The first Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) was observed in 1987 and Congress has designated October as DVAM every year since 1989.
The theme remains the same today:
Mourning those who have lost their lives,
Celebrating those who have survived,
And supporting those who work to end all forms of violence.
VIP gets involved with DVAM in a variety of ways including speaking engagements, informational displays, and articles in our local newspapers. Contact us and learn how you can help spread awareness this October!