On Day One of the 31-day blog/content challenge for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) sponsored by Matters of My Heart, LLC, I posted a video on the mission during DVAM. If you missed it, you can access it here. Now, today, on Day Two, I want to give a little bit of history on how this day came about.
Did you know that there was a proclamation signed by our very own President Barack Obama, commemorating the month of October 2015 to be recognized nationally as the Domestic Violence Awareness Month? Yep, it was signed and released on September 30, 2015! You can access the full proclamation here.
According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), DVAM was a result of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence “Day of Unity” held back in October 1981. The goal of this effort was to connect advocates all over the country who work to end violence against women and their children.
This effort goes along the line with what I always say: TOGETHER, we can end domestic violence! It takes a village, and as I mentioned in my video yesterday, we cannot continue to operate in silos. We must join forces to combat a nationwide epidemic on domestic and sexual violence.
Six years after the first “Day of Unity” event, the first DVAM was observed, as well as the start of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline (1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224). In years since, national domestic violence organizations would collaborate on programs to serve victims and survivors of domestic violence. It is a collaborative effort, focusing mainly on political connections, lobbying for laws, seeking government funds and such.
Though there are many resources being poured into domestic violence awareness programs and to organizations providing direct services, there still and remains to be a lack of resources available to the victims. Leading these huge efforts costs a LOT of money, time and hands-on-deck; and unfortunately, the number of victims out number the amount of available resources. According to the American Psychological Association, the cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $8.3 billion per year!!!
So again, Matters of My Heart’s mission is to partner with organizations and individuals who are advocates for victims and survivors of domestic violence. For example, I am on the Speakers Bureau for both the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV); I also staff the National Sexual Assault Hotline and volunteer on fundraising efforts sponsored by RAINN. Every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m., I partner with Coal2Diamond‘s Founder and CEO, Mrs. Laurasha Sadler-Lovett on our Blog Talk Radio Show, The Fire and Ice Show, where we host discussions around #domesticviolence #sexualassault #emotionalhealing.
It is a collaborative effort, but together, I believe we can #EndDV. We can #BreaktheCycle. We can #SaveLives. We can #CreateChange. If we are #SilentNoMore. #AdvocatesUnite #TakeAStand
So that’s the history of DVAM than spans over 35 years of consistent effort to #EndDV! Though we have made strives over the years, there’s still work to do. Over the next 30 days, I will be sharing statistics, facts, stories and the like regarding DV and the organizations recognized nationally for their efforts to #EndDV. Some of these organizations are listed below (more will be released throughout the month!):
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
- National Network to End Domestic Violence
- Futures Without Violence
Will you join me? Will you help me? Will you share my message?
Love you to life,
Founder of Matters of My Heart, LLC
“My past does not define me, it refines me.”