Oct. Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Oct. 7, 2016
For those who have been abused in their own home by someone from their own family, October is about much more than the fall chill and changing leaves. It is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), a time designed to bring folks together in health care awareness of domestic violence and band together to come up with ways to try and prevent it. At Concorde, domestic violence is a health care awareness issue we take very seriously. Many of our students come from difficult home environments, and many have overcome domestic violence in their lives and gone on to earn health care degrees and diplomas and work in successful careers. Still others donât survive domestic violence, and itâs those whom we stand with, especially this month.
A health care awareness historyDomestic Violence Awareness Month actually began as a day â the âDay of Unityâ held in October of 1981. It was conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and children and to raise health care awareness. The Day of Unity eventually became a week devoted to a range of activities conducted at local, state and national levels, and that week eventually turned into common activities and themes aimed at stamping out domestic violence commemorated the entire month of October. Those common themes:
- Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
- Celebrating those who have survived
- Connecting those who work to end violence