October: Dating Violence Action Month

Join Safer in learning and healing together. For Dating Violence Action Month this year, we are moving past awareness and into collective action. Let's envision a future of anti-violence together.

Follow our outreach campaign all month long on Instagram at @calpolysafer.



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Week 1:

  • Tuesday, October 5th | Kickoff Booth | 11am-1pm | UU Plaza
  • Wednesday, October 6th | Candlelight Vigil with Lumina Alliance | 6:30-7:30pm | Zoom | Register here!

Week 2:

  • Tuesday & Wednesday, October 12th & 13th | Healthy Relationships Booth with EROS | 11am-1pm | Dexter Lawn
  • Thursday, October 14th | Dating & Social Media Workshop | 11am-12pm | Zoom | Register here!

Week 3:

  • Tuesday, October 19th | Community Booth | 11am-1pm | UU Plaza 
  • Thursday, October 21st | Purple Thursday - Wear Purple to show solidarity with survivors!  
    • Purple Thursday Faculty & Staff Reception: 8:30 - 9:30am - Campus Health & Wellbeing Patio (Building 27)
    • Booth and Photo in the UU from 11am - 12pm

Week 4:

  • Tuesday, October 26th | Getting Involved Booth | 11am-1pm | UU Plaza
  • Thursday, October 28th | Keynote Speaker: Dr. Shawn Ginwright on Healing-Centered Engagement | 11am-12pm | Zoom | Register here!
  • Saturday, October 30th | Swim & Dive Meet: Relationships Deep Dive | 11am | Anderson Aquatic Center

Every week: IG Lives with Lumina Alliance & Safer!

  • Check out Lumina Alliance's weekly IG Live series at @luminaalliance on Instagram, every Tuesday at 12pm!
    • Tuesday, 10/5 - Lumina Alliance and Safer discuss DVAM and what's going on this month
    • Tuesday, 10/12 - Lumina Alliance discusses fostering healthy relationships with children with their Prevention & Education Director Christina Kaviani
    • Tuesday, 10/19 - Lumina Alliance and Close to Home discuss healthy relationship & communication skills for preventing DV in everyday life
    • Tuesday, 10/26 - Lumina Alliance discusses services offered to DV survivors with their SLO Advocacy Manager, Jatzibe Sandoval
  • Check out Safer's weekly IG Live series at @calpolysafer on Instagram, every Friday at 3pm!
    • Friday, 10/8 - Safer / Pride
    • Friday, 10/15 - Safer / Men & Masculinities
    • Friday, 10/22 - TBD
    • Friday, 10/29 - Safer / ASI

History of Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month grew from a single event held in October of 1981 called "Day of Unity" founded by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The original purpose of "Day of Unity" was to connect frontline workers and survivor advocates that work with individuals and families affected by domestic violence.

The "Day of Unity" soon grew to an entire week in October dedicated to the topic with events and activities on the local, state, and national level to mourn those that have died from domestic violence, honor those that have survived it, and connect the people and the causes that were working to end it.

Six years after the first "Day of Unity", Domestic Violence Awareness Month was officially observed. Mourning and honoring survivors, and working to end domestic violence have endured as core focuses of the month to this day. In 1989, Congress passed a Public Law designating October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month - and continued to pass such a law each year thereafter with the assistance of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Annual state and national observances include the "Day of Unity" on the first Monday of the month, "Purple-Out" on the final Thursday of the month, and various local candlelit vigils. (NCADV, 2017)

In the summer of 2021, Safer rebranded all Awareness Months to Action Months, empowering our communities to join in the culture shift. Additionally, we transitioned our focus from Domestic Violence to Dating Violence to resonate with our student population.

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