September/October 2001Vol. 2, No. 5October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic violence not only affects the battered spouse, but also harms children and pets in the besieged household. Its prevention is a community responsibility. Showing that domestic violence is linked to other forms of violence and that it is everyone's business are some of the messages that the Domestic Violence Awareness Project hopes to disseminate this October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The Project is coordinated by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and represents a coalition of national, State, and local domestic violence programs. Every year since 1989, Congress has passed legislation commemorating October as Domestic Violence Awareness month. Domestic violence prevention and victim service organizations plan recognition ceremonies, memorial activities, public education campaigns, news conferences, and other events to raise awareness.
The members of the Domestic Violence Awareness Project provide ideas for commemorating the month in their Domestic Violence Awareness packet, such as:
A manual, Domestic Violence Awareness: Tips, Tactics, & Resources
Factsheets on popular awareness events
Camera-ready logo and National Domestic Violence Hotline slicks in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese to produce bookmarks, buttons, and stickers
Brochures on ending domestic violence in Jewish families and Asian/Pacific Islander communities
Sample bulletin insert for church communities
Order forms for posters, PSAs, magnets, purple ribbon pins, and other materials being sold by Project members
Access Domestic Violence Awareness Month materials online at: http://dvam.vawnet.org
To order a printed packet of materials, contact:
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
6400 Flank Dr., Suite 1300
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Phone: 800-537-2238 (800-553-2508 TTY)
The new End Violence Against Women website from Johns Hopkins University provides policy makers, researchers, health communication specialists, and others with the latest information from hundreds of organizations (http://www.endvaw.org).
ABA's Division for Public Education and the Commission on Domestic Violence has assembled information for State and local bars, governors, attorneys general, and the public, on the needs of victims and how to assist (http://www.abanet.org/publiced/domviol.html).