Grown Folks Enlightened aims to educate our readers with information that will enrich their daily lives. During the month of October, we want to raise awareness on an unhealthy side of love and relationships- domestic violence. Until the 30th, we will update this particular article with information on this matter to help in the effort of ending domestic violence.
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Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) History
On October 1, 1981 the “Day of Unity” evolved into what is now known as DVAM by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The goal was to connect domestic violence advocates in order to further push the mission of ending violence against women and their children. The “Day of Unity” soon turned into a week of activities conducted on local, state, and national levels, with the following objectives:
-mourning the deaths of domestic violence victims
-celebrating the survivors
-connecting advocates to end violence
Until this day, these three objectives hold great status in the mission of DVAM events today. In 1987, Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed for the first time. That year also marked the nation’s first ever domestic violence toll-free hotline. Two years later, in 1989 Congress passed Public Law 101-112 stating that October be recognize as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Each year, the Day of Unity is celebrated on the first Monday of Domestic Violence Month. This year, the Day of Unity was on October 5th.
On September 30th, President Obama released a proclamation on domestic violence in 2015, in order to reiterate the importance of this mission. In it, he talks on the severity of this issue, as well as, the efforts made to end violence against all victims- such as the Violence Against Women Act (VAMA). This act prompts investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women. Its 2013 revised version prohibits discrimination of services based on sexual orientation and identity. He also urges all Americans support this effort by assisting victims in finding help and healing.