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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). This year, the national DVAM campaign is #WeAreResilient which reminds survivors of their strength and resiliency. The purpose of DVAM is to spread awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence in the United States; according to the CDC, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. The hope for DVAM is to break the cycle of violence through education and awareness. 

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) first observed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1981. Originally called “Day of Unity,” this campaign aimed to bring together advocates from across the country to end violence against women and children. That day turned into a week of recognition and finally, the month we know it as today. 

It wasn’t until 1987 that the Day of Unity turned into an entire month of awareness. In 1989, Congress passed Public Law 101-112, officially declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Since then, October has been designated the month to support survivors and raise awareness of domestic violence. 

Even when it is not October, we must have these conversations. It is important to continue standing in solidarity with survivors for their safety, well-being, and happiness.

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