October: Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention Month

 October is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Hosted by Safer.

Join Safer in learning and healing together. For Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month this year, Safer is highlighting the "triple pandemic" of domestic violence, institutional racism, and COVID-19. We will be offering education on these intersections, reflection prompts, a webinar on trauma-informed virtual environments, and opportunities to get involved.

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Week 1:

  • 10/1 DVAM Kick-Off
  • 10/2 Reflection Post on the Healing Journey

Week 2:

  • 10/5 & 10/7 Online Dating During COVID-19
  • 10/9 Reflection Post on Complicating Trauma

Week 3:

  • 10/12 Peer Accountability
  • 10/13, 12pm-1pm | Cultivating Trauma Informed Virtual Environments | Email jmacmart@calpoly.edu to register!
  • 10/15 Purple Thursday
  • 10/16 Reflection Post

Week 4:

  • 10/19 & 10/21 Triple Pandemic
  • 10/23 Reflection Post

Week 5:

  • 10/26 Pledge Against Domestic Violence
  • 10/29 Title IX 101 Panel w/ASI
  • 10/30 Conclusion & Reflection Post

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)

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