History of Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence “Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)” started at the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981. The purpose was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children”.  Presently, considerable progress  has been made toward achieving this goal. However, there is still work to be done.  Greater awareness  must be brought to this problem and elimination of the stigma that dissuades victims from seeking assistance.You can acknowledge “Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)” by wearing purple.


For survivors of Domestic Violence, who may also be wounded both physically and emotionally, the color purple is meant to be a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending violence.

The month of October is “Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DMVM). The entire month of October presents us with an opportunity to recognize the individuals and organizations that work tirelessly to prevent domestic violence.

Please join me in renewing our own commitment to stand up for victims of these terrible crimes by participating in local events taking place all over the world. I plan on attending the Louisiana Federation of Business & Professional Women’s “Stand Up to Violence Against Women” event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Mid-City Branch Library 4140 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119 where strategies will be discussed to protect women and children against domestic violence. This event is free and open to the general public. #purplevision #empower #survive #honor #stopdomesticviolence

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