October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Thursday, October 6, 2005 9:45 AM

October has been designated Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Since 1987, October has been a month for advocates to raise public awareness and connect with each other in the struggle to end violence agaisnt women and their children. Activities geared at raising awareness about domestic violence are organized throughout the month by advocates, community groups, schools, business, and other organizations. 

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has developed a list of possible activities for groups to sponsor in their communities including:
  • Purple Ribbons : Provide purple ribbons to members of your community to wear throughout the month. 
  • Table Signs: Create small signs that can be placed on tables at restaurants in your community, providing information about domestic violence including community resources for survivors. 
  • Library Displays: Contact libraries and public meeting areas in your community and provide them with materials to create an informative display raising awareness of domestic violence.
  • Church Campaign: Contact local religious institutions and ask them to include information about domestic violence in their services.
  • Clothesline Project Display: The Clothesline Project involves having survivors of domestic violence decorate a tee-shirt depicting their story with violence. The shirts are then collected and displayed in a public place.

Compiled from: "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, (last accessed 26 October 2005).