October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
by: Georgette Allen
The first Domestic Violence Awareness month was observed in October 1987. The idea evolved from the Day of Unity, which was recognized by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) in 1981. The purpose of this day, which continues to be celebrated the first Monday in October, is to connect domestic violence advocates from across the nation.
The Day of Unity soon became an entire week of activities conducted to mourn those who have lost their lives to domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived domestic violence, and connect those who work to end domestic violence. Then, in 1989 the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The same legislation has passed each year thereafter, with the NCADV leading the way.
In our local community, the San Juan County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force hosts a variety of events in October including trainings for service providers, awareness campaigns, and fundraisers. These events continue to grow each year with more and more participants.
Join us in this year’s events and help bring awareness to this devastating crime that affects 1.5 million people each year.
A Healing ArtMosphere Art Exhibit & Auction
107 E. Main St. in Farmington
7:30 pm OrchardPark across from Three Rivers Brewery
The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health services.
*The Centers for Disease Control 2003