Thursday, October 10: Candlelight Vigil
Friday, October 11: How to Be an Ally Workshop
Monday, October 14: How the News is Changing the Tide on Domestic Violence
Monday, October 21: "You" Screening & Discussion
Thursday, October 24: Purple Thursday UU Picture
Monday, October 28: Sustainability in Social Justice Panel
What is 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)