October 2012: Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October 01, 2012
Lt. Governor Timothy P. Murray helped launch Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) on October 1, 2012, by presenting a to JDI Executive Director Mary R. Lauby at the breakfast to YWCA of Central Masssachusetts' breakfast to benefit Daybreak, their domestic violence program. Actress Lisa Regina shared her story as a domestic violence survivor and inspired the crowd with her courage and hope.
JDI members across the Commonwealth are hosting events throughout October. Check out the calendar and get involved!
HISTORY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH:
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” in October 1981 observed by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national levels. The activities conducted were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes: mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence. In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year marks the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. In 1989 the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has passed every year since with NCADV providing key leadership in this effort. Each year, the Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
— Adapted from the 1996 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resource Manual, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence