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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 women’s 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

Check back for more information and resources soon! Mahalo!

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