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The History of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The History of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence refers to behavior within a relationship that aims to exert physical, sexual, emotional, mental, or economic control over another. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence first sought to bring about public awareness of domestic violence in October 1981, with the observance of the first Day of Unity. This day was designed to connect advocates for women and children across the nation in an attempt to end domestic abuse and violence.

Over the next five years, the Day of Unity grew into a week-long series of activities, seminars, and events. October 1987 became the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In 1989 and every subsequent year, Congress has passed the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Commemorative Legislation to maintain and support this cause. The Day of Unity continues to be celebrated on the first Monday in October each year.

If you need support or care, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center is here to help. We offer women and children’s services including psychological counseling and parenting support and education. Please call us at (772) 461-4000 or visit our website to learn more. 


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