October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S., but did you know that it is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month? According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV):
“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 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.”
It’s been 32 years since the first Day of Unity, but domestic violence is still an issue. This year, the White House released a statement declaring October 2013 Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“Although we have made substantial progress in reducing domestic violence, one in four women and one in seven men in the United States still suffer serious physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner at least once during their lifetimes. Every day, three women lose their lives in this country as a result of domestic violence. Millions of Americans live in daily, silent fear within their own homes.”
Wristbands can be a great tool during Domestic Violence Awareness Month if you are hosting an event, building community awareness or just wish to create a personal reminder.
The NCADV has resources and ideas for taking action here, including:
– Ribbon campaign
– Library or utility company displays
– A chili cook-off
– Clothesline project display
The purple ribbon is the symbol of domestic violence awareness, and purple is the official color of NCADV.