Was a HUGE success! Here’s a Hawaii News Now article about it:
The statistics are alarming, but Hawaii residents are taking a stand against a disturbing trend.
One out of every four women will be a victim of domestic violence.
On average, three women are killed each day across the country, at the hands of a current or former romantic partner.
On Thursday, Hawaii took a stand against that disturbing trend.
Thursday’s march in downtown Honolulu drew a number of non-profit groups, as well as the City, and the Honolulu Police Department, in observing October as Domestic Violence Awareness month. This year, the spotlight has shifted, not on the victim or the offender, but rather on the bystander, signifying that violence is everyone’s business. It’s becoming widely known that men are victims as well.
“It is you, you young men with your ties on sitting here wondering when I’m going to be pau, it is you that is going to make the change in the society that we need”, said Schatz.
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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Presidential Proclamation–National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH, 2011
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we recognize the significant achievements we have made in reducing domestic violence in America, and we recommit ourselves to the important work still before us. Despite tremendous progress, an average of three women in America die as a result of domestic violence each day. One in four women and one in thirteen men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. These statistics are even more sobering when we consider that domestic violence often goes unreported.
The ramifications of domestic violence are staggering. Young women are among the most vulnerable, suffering the highest rates of intimate partner violence. Exposure to domestic violence puts our young men and women in danger of long-term physical, psychological, and emotional harm. Children who experience domestic violence are at a higher risk for failure in school, emotional disorders, and substance abuse, and are more likely to perpetuate the cycle of violence themselves later in life.
My Administration is working not only to curb domestic violence, but to bring it to an end. Last year, we announced an unprecedented coordinated strategy across Federal agencies to prevent and stop violence against women. We are empowering survivors to break the cycle of abuse with programs to help them become financially independent. We have prevented victims of domestic violence from being evicted or denied assisted housing after abuse. And we are promoting tools for better enforcement of protective orders, while helping survivors gain access to legal representation.
In addition, as part of the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services announced historic new guidelines that will ensure women receive preventive health services without additional cost, including domestic violence screening and counseling. The Affordable Care Act also ensures that insurance companies can no longer classify domestic violence as a pre-existing condition.
Last December, I reauthorized the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, giving communities life-saving tools to help identify and treat child abuse or neglect. It also supports shelters, service programs, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, linking tens of thousands of victims every month to the resources needed to reach safety. I encourage victims, their loved ones, and concerned citizens to use this hotline for more information at 1-800-799-SAFE or visit www.TheHotline.org.
This is not just a job for government; it is a job for all of us. Vice President Joe Biden’s “1is2many” initiative reminds us that everyone has a part to play in ending violence against youth. By engaging men and women, mothers and fathers, and schools and universities in the fight, we can teach our children about healthy relationships. We are asking everyone to play an active role in preventing and ending domestic violence, by stepping up to stop violence when they see it. During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we recommit to making sure that no one suffers alone, and to assisting those who need help in reaching a safer tomorrow.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2011 as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I call on all Americans to speak out against domestic violence and support local efforts to assist victims of these crimes in finding the help and healing they need.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this third day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
DATE: 27 September 2011
TIME: 2:30 – 4:00 PM
WHERE: AMR Chapel
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If you’re unfamiliar with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, here’s a little history from the National Coalition to End Domestic Violence :
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 womens 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.
Each year the Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence coordinates the DVAM planning committee. This committee comes together to plan two main Oahu events: The Proclamation and Launch of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the annual Candlelight Vigil to honor those who have lost their lives in the past year due to domestic violence. We also help with other community events where we can, which includes adding them to the statewide calendar of DVAM events.
If you are going to be holding an event in October and would like it included in the widely publicized DVAM calendar, comment below with the following information:
Date, Event, Island/Location, and a point of contact for people interested in attending
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This year, the Oahu DVAM planning committee has teamed up with neighbor island DV task forces to come up with a unified, state-wide theme for Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Theme suggestions were emailed to us and a Survey Monkey Survey has been created for various DVAM committees to vote on the theme they find most appealing.
Participating members have until August 14th to vote – a theme will be chosen on Monday August 15th.
The following themes were available to choose from:
“Domestic Violence IS our Business”
“Make Domestic Violence Your Business”
“We are Society-Make Domestic violence Your Business”
“Best practices in Community Based Response to DV: Intergenerational and Cross Cultural Perspectives.”
“STOP the Pain: Legacy for our Future Leaders.”
“ONE Community, ONE Culture, One Life.”
“Injury and Violence is 100% Preventable: It’s everybody’s KULEANA!”
“Injury and Violence Across the Lifespan.”
“Who can? You Can. Stop Domestic Violence”
To our community: which theme would you find most engaging?
“Who can? You can” is a slogan from a Kauai campaign targeting bystanders, for more information visit their website by clicking here!