ICADV recognizes Domestic Violence Prevention Month as a way in which to foster community discussion and promote the prevention of domestic violence. A national awareness campaign began in 1981, when The Day of Unity was created to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at local, state, and national levels. The activities conducted 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. 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, including this year.
Please feel free to download, share, and distribute this year’s proclamation granted by Governor Holcomb.