National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is dedicated to raising awareness about the issue of domestic violence, which still remains very relevant today. Victims of domestic violence are not only women, but also men. The goal of this month is to show that domestic violence can be prevented through small actions, such as asking for help.
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month was first founded in 1981 as Unity Day and was celebrated for one day. Later, it evolved into weekly events and, eventually, became a monthly event in 1987. Activists of this movement have achieved a number of important changes, such as the passing of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994, which was spearheaded by Senator Joe Biden. Despite these changes, the problem of domestic violence remains prevalent, and many organizations and movements are now hosting events to educate the public and help victims. Common warning signs of domestic violence include unfounded jealousy, insults, accusations, anger, communication restrictions, and threats.
- Domestic violence can take many forms and is not always physical. Psychological abuse can be just as damaging.
- 90% of victims of domestic violence are women, children, and the elderly.
- 40% of violent crimes occur in the home.
- 50-90% of women who experience violence do not seek help.
- Domestic violence often begins with seemingly harmless criticism, but can escalate into more serious issues.
How to take part
Find out what events are taking place in your city and participate in them, even if you have not been directly affected by domestic violence. Join an anti-bullying community and speak out against bullying. Post about domestic violence on social media to spread awareness and let people know that they are not alone.
When is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 2023?
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is observed on October 1 each year.