Evolving from the "Day of Unity" first held in October 1981, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed in October 1987. The month is dedicated to mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence. 1987 also marks the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. 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 since with National Coalition Against Domestic Violence providing key leadership in this effort. Each year, the Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
—Adapted from the
1996 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resource Manual
of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
SAVE has scheduled and participated in many events to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness month. We hope you will be inspired to get involved and help us end the cycle of domestic violence. Learn more by visiting our website