National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is dedicated to people who have experienced domestic violence. The problem is still relevant today. According to statistics, the victims are not only women, but also men. The purpose of the month is to tell the community that stopping violence comes with one small step – asking for help.
The holiday was founded in 1981, it was called Unity Day. It was celebrated for 1 day, then it turned into weekly events, and in 1987 it became a monthly event. Thanks to the activists of the movement, important moments happened over the years: in 1994, a law was passed against violence against women. The position was headed by Joe Biden – at that time he was a senator. Thanks to him, the weaker sex received support, could defend himself, and punish offenders.
Many years have passed, but the problems have not disappeared – there is a lot of serious work ahead. Various organizations and movements form events that can inform people and protect against tyranny. This is very important, because many do not attach importance to many things. Of these: groundless jealousy, insults, accusations, anger, a ban on communication with loved ones, threats, etc.
Here’s what we’ve collected:
- domestic violence is not necessarily physical. Severe psychological pressure often occurs;
- 90% of the victims are women, children, the elderly;
- 40% of serious crimes are committed in the family;
- 50-90% of women did not seek help for violence;
- often violence begins with harmless criticism, developing over time into nightmarish consequences.
How to celebrate
What events are taking place in your city? Participate in them, even if the violence did not directly affect you. Join the anti-bullying community and speak out against bullying. Publish posts on social networks – let more people know that they are not alone and there is always a way out!
When is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 2022?
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is observed on October 1 each year.