October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

September 29, 2011

Domestic Violence Awareness (DVAM) month is a time to educate the public, inspire action, and tell communities about the help and services that are available to victims of domestic violence. The goals of DVAM are to raise awareness about the prevalence and cost of domestic violence, the need for prevention, and the services that are available in the community to victims and their families. In addition, DVAM is a time to honor and recognize victims and survivors of domestic violence.

In October 1987, the first DVAM was observed. 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.

Visit our blog each day throughout October for domestic violence statistics and don’t miss a free screening of Shout at the University of Nevada’s Joe Crowley Student Union October 26 at 5:30pm. Click here for a synopsis of the documentary and to view the trailer.

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