So how about a history lesson on this chilly October afternoon? Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the Day of Unity, which was first held in 1981. It's original intent was to connect resources and advocates all around the country under the mission of ending domestic violence. This Day of Unity evolved into a week long project every year, but became recognized as a month-long event in October 1987. This movement and the advocates who united under it held three main goals:
- Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
- Celebrating those who have survived
- Connecting those who work to end violence
Domestic violence can occur through physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, or economic abuse in order to gain, maintain, or regain power over an domestic individual (typically a spouse or intimate partner). About 1 in 4 women will face domestic violence in their lifetime. That means that an estimated 25% or our nation's women are living in violent relationship or homes everyday! Plus, about 3 million men are victims of violent domestic relationships as well! This is a huge percentage of our nation's population that suffers from violence, fear, and negativity in their own homes. About 60% of the violent encounters that occur between an victim and their abusive spouse occur within the walls of their own home, and often in front of children or other family members (www.safehorizon.org).
EVE Inc. is tirelessly dedicated to providing resources and advocates to victims of domestic violence, as well as to victims of sexual assault and stalking. As we enter this fall season, remember those who are affected everyday by domestic violence and celebrate those who have survived.
So speak up, speak out, and remember to wear purple!!