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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Join us in activities and events throughout the month to become involved in eliminating violence and abuse in our relationships, our homes and in our community!
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 evolved into a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels.
These activities 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 week stretched into the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month and two years later Domestic Violence Awareness Month Commemorative Legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress. Such legislation has passed every year since. In October 1994 NCADV, in conjunction with Ms. magazine, created the "Remember My Name" project, a national registry to increase public awareness of domestic violence deaths. The Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday in October.
University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign. To increase awareness about abuse which occurs in relationships and its consequences, the Women’s Resources Center and Center for Women in Transition/A Woman’s Place, along with other units of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, the Counseling Center, the Office for Student Conflict Resolution, Office of the Dean of Students, Campus Recreation, University Housing, Family & Graduate Housing, the YWCA, the University of Illinois Police Department and many student organizations sponsor activities and events throughout October on campus and in the community. Events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month on our campus and in our community are designed as a powerful statement celebrating the strength of battered women and their children.
Domestic violence can include any form of psychological, emotional, verbal, physical, and sexual abuse. It occurs in both heterosexual and same sex relationships. It is estimated that over 1/4 of students at the University of Illinois have been physically abused by someone they were involved in a relationship with while a student.
For more information or to get involved in Domestic Violence Awareness Month events, contact Rachel Storm.