This month's article by NWCAVE Founding Advisory Council Member Debra K. Adams, MA, PDV, CWS
Because domestic violence is too prevalent, we now have our month dedicated to raising awareness. We want everyone to know about domestic violence and the hope is to prevent or eliminate it entirely.
Welcome to October, it is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Let's begin by sharing what it is exactly. 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, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
The symbol of the Domestic Violence Movement is the purple ribbon. Over the years, a number of sources have been credited with originating the use of the purple ribbon as a unifying symbol of courage survival, honor and dedication to ending domestic violence. Across the country, families, and friends of victims have adopted the purple ribbon to remember and honor their loved ones who have lost their lives at the hands of a person they once loved and trusted. Shelters and local battered women's programs use the purple ribbon to raise awareness about the crime of domestic violence in their communities. Read on...
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January 17-19, 2014
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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children:
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline:
(800) 4-A-CHILD (422-4453)
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GLBT Hate Crimes Hotline: 1-800-686-HATE
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline (888) THE-GLNH (843-4564)
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
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