October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)
DVAM evolved from the 'Day of Unity' in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children.
The NCADV has established its mission to lead, mobilize and raise voices to support efforts that demand a change of conditions that lead to domestic violence such as patriarchy, privilege, racism, sexism, and classism. They are dedicated to supporting survivors and holding offenders accountable and supporting advocates.
More than 12 million people in the U.S. are affected by domestic violence each year. You can play an important role in raising awareness about domestic violence and showing your support for victims and survivors.
What you can do
Sign up for emails at www.ncadv.org/newsletter to receive general information on domestic violence, attend informative conferences and webinars, and stay informed on public policy.
Stay informed and do research. Visit https://ncadv.org/blog to learn about numerous topics on domestic violence.
If you have a friend affected by domestic violence, be supportive. Here are some ways you can help them out.
For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7 call the National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
If you live in Kodiak or its surrounding communities, the Kodiak Women's Resource and Crisis Center is here to help.