October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Join us for our Open House Event!
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 | The fun begins at 5:00 pm with a short program at 6:00 pm.
We’d like to invite you to attend an open house event to learn about domestic violence and how The Center helps victims in our community.
In a single day, domestic violence shelters across California serve almost 5,800 women and children.
The Center has an 18-bed safe house that provided 3527 nights of shelter last year.
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Center will host an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 5 – 7 p.m. with a short program at 6 p.m.
We’ll have a panel discussion with former clients, office tours, client artwork, light refreshments, and a chance to talk with program staff and our board of directors about our programs and services.
There will also be artwork on display created by students from The Center’s healthy relationships program called TEACH, as well as an art project where the public will be invited to share words of encouragement with clients of The Center.
There is no RSVP needed, just come on by… We hope to see you on the 23rd!
About Domestic Violence Awareness Month
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 National Coalition Against Domestic Violence providing key leadership in this effort. Each year, the Day of Unity is celebrated on the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
—Adapted from the 1996 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resource Manual of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence