Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. The activities conducted 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
Connecting those who work to end violence
These three themes remain a key focus of DVAM events today. In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year marks the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. In 1989, the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has passed every year since with NCADV providing key leadership in this effort. Each year, the Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. When most people hear the words domestic violence they automatically assume it involves some type of physical abuse. But domestic violence may manifest in many forms. Even the United States Department of Justice includes emotional and psychological abuse as a form of domestic violence. One doesn’t necessarily need to have bruises or broken bones to be a victim of domestic violence. Many victims of domestic violence suffer invisible wounds caused by emotional and psychological abuse that can be just as damaging as physical abuse.
All abusers aren’t narcissists, but all malignant narcissists inflict severe emotional, psychological and sometimes even physical abuse upon their victims. Usually it’s directed toward the people closest to them such as their partners, children or family members. Although the damage isn’t visible to the naked eye, the effects are profoundly devastating and often take years to recover from. Many victims of…
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