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Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2013 ~ Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence


History of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect battered women's advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities was conducted at the local, state and national levels.

These activities were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had a common theme: mourning those who died as a result of domestic violence; honoring those who have survived domestic violence; and connecting those who work to end domestic violence.

In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was held. In conjunction, that same year the first national toll-free hotline was begun. In 1989, Congress passed the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month commemorative legislation. Such legislation has been passed every year since 1989. The Day of Unity is now celebrated the first Monday in October.


National Domestic Violence Hotline /
800.799.SAFE (7233) or 800.787-3224 (TTY)
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline /
866.331.9474 or 866.331.8453 (TTY)

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resources ~ National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resources and Activities ~ National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Go Purple Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resources ~ Texas Council on Family Violence

10 Things You Can Do About Domestic Violence ~ Domestic Violence and the Workplace Blog
Domestic Violence Awareness: Action for Social Change (Part I and Part II ~ Organizing and Communications) ~ National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Office on Violence Against Women ~ See OVW Blog posting, Bea Hanson, Acting Director, October 24, 2013



Calling all readers: join our group, Reader with a Cause, on Goodreads! ~ National Network to End Domestic Violence. See instructions for becoming a member of Goodreads and joining the group.

BlogTalkRadio, October 16 @ 3:00 pm ET: Lethality, Firearms and Domestic Violence and October 24 @ 1:00 pm ET: Immigrant Women & Sexual and Domestic Violence ~ National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Attend a Domestic Violence Awareness Month Event in Your Area

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Social Media Kit ~ Toplines, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, October 1, 2013

Purple Thursday 2013 ~ October 24th ~ DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence

2013 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events ~ World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund and IDB


Strengthening Our Efforts: Recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Karol V. Mason, The Justice Blog, U.S. Department of Justice, October 30, 2013.

Domestic Violence in the Commonwealth on Eastern Standard, John Hingsbergen, WEKU.FM, October 21, 2013. Copyright © 2013 WEKU Eastern Kentucky University.

Mary Kay Inc. and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority Educate Young Adults to End Dating Abuse, Business Wire, Mary Kay Inc., Dallas, TX: October 17, 2013.

See Something Say Something: You Have the Power to Do Something about Domestic Violence, Angela Frederick Amar, TPM, October 9, 2013. Copyright © 2013 TPM Media LLC.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Interview with Debby Tucker (listen to the audio ~ approx: 1 hour: Part I, II and III), Maggie Linton Show, October 8, 2013.

Moms Demand Action Launches October Domestic Gun Violence Awareness Campaign, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, October 1, 2013.

Stand Up Paddle Parade for Safe Families, Jasmin Carina Castanon, Blog, AustinFit Magazine, Austin, TX: September 27, 2013.












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