Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), which occurs every October, evolved from a “Day of Unity,” which occurred for the first time in October 1981. The original, and current, intent of this awareness was to:
– Mourn those who have died because of domestic violence
– Celebrate those who have survived
– Connect those who work to end violence
In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. While we work to raise awareness about domestic violence and abuse year-round, Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a time when everyone can contribute, in some way, to ending domestic violence. By taking a stand, we can jointly acknowledge and remind the world that there are still countless people – survivors, their children, their family and friends and their communities – who are impacted by domestic violence. Let’s work together to ensure a world where everyone is entitled to live a life free from violence, where survivors are not ashamed to step forward and where services are available to all those who seek them.
Here’s how YOU can get involved:
– Volunteer at domestic violence organizations – Donate (items & money) to domestic violence organizations – Talk about domestic violence with loved ones to raise awareness of the issue. – Attend domestic fundraisers to support and learn more about the issues. – Share articles, videos, and content on your social media about domestic violence. – Start a supply drive for goods needed at domestic violence shelters. – Wear purple on Thursday, October 25 to raise awareness about domestic violence. Use #PurpleThursday and tag Haven Hills on social media. – More importantly, if you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence, please seek help. You may be surprised to learn that domestic violence is a common factor in homelessness for single adults and families. It decreases job stability, threatens financial stability, and interferes with the victim’s abilities to form supportive relationships to escape the abuse. In many cases, domestic violence is the immediate cause of their homelessness, and the two are tightly interwoven. Much has happened since the first “Day of Unity” in 1981 to build a network of services to support survivors across the county and to bring domestic violence out of the shadows. However, the problems continue to grow as underscored by the current news headlines about mass shootings and murders with ties to domestic violence. The statistics are staggering.
– 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. – Nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner.
– In California, 32.9% of California women and 27.3% of California men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes. – In just one day, domestic violence programs in California sheltered 2,121 victims—a 32% increase over the recent three-year average. – In 2007, there were 174,649 domestic violence related calls to law enforcement; many other incidents went unreported. 40% of reported incidents involved weapons.