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.
In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year the first national toll-free hotline was begun. In 1989 the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month Commemorative Legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress. Such legislation has passed every year since with NCADV providing key leadership in this effort.
We have two events planned for this year. Please join us on Wednesday, October 14th at River Arts in Morrisville at 6 PM. In tandem with the Coordinated Community Response (CCR), Clarina will host a showing of the HBO documentary Private Violence.
Pizza and child care will be provided. Pizza is served at 6, with the movie beginning at 6:30 PM, followed by Q&A with a panel from the CCR. $5 suggested donation.
Saturday, October 24th at Studio 108 in Stowe. 9 AM registration, dancing from 10-12. All proceeds benefit Clarina. $25 to attend, and snacks and water will be available for free. To register ahead of time, please call Studio 108 at (802) 279-8104.