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Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 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 a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels.


These activities 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, and connecting those who work to end violence.

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As a child I never heard my mom or dad say I love you or give hugs.  So I asked the first man who said he loved me to marry me, and he did.


8 years of abuse and 7 children later I knew I had to leave, but where to? I didn't know about shelters. I didn't know how I would feed my children. I had been told no one would ever love me but him and I believed that.  Family members never offered to help us.  


When someone asked why I didn't just leave, it was shocking to hear. That seemed like such a dumb question to ask me! I had no job, no money, no house or anything. I assumed that the reasons I didn't leave were obvious. He provides for us! The realization that no one understood this made me feel low, crazy and stupid.


As an advocate I cringe when my clients tell me how their family and friends won't help because they don't understand. I wish that people wouldn't ask why we don't leave.  I wish they would simply ask what can they do to help.


Hear Barbara Lewis, DAP Advocate, tell her own story at the DAP TRANSFORMING FAMILIES luncheon next Tuesday, October 14.  Register today!



12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The annual TRANSFORMING FAMILIES luncheon  is always a special event, but this year it's an EXTRA special event.  Take one hour out of your day on Tuesday, October 14 to be inspired by stories from former DAP clients and to honor Carol Arthur, DAP's Executive Director of 26 years who is retiring at the end of 2014.  Emceed by WCCO Sports Director, Mark Rosen. 


Pre & Post Luncheon Receptions for Carol Arthur in the lobby of Earle Brown Heritage Center

10:30 am - 11:45 am  

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 


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Don't forget to submit your guest lists today!  If you have questions please contact Konrad at korthwein@mndap.org.  


Carol Arthur and staff address the current national discussion on domestic abuse.


"With such powerful, shocking imagery in the Ray Rice video, it's understandable that the current national conversation is focusing mainly on physical violence. Many times, it takes that type of visual proof to truly convince people of the importance of an issue."   Read more...

"I believe that we make more and more progress each day. Unfortunately, each story brings attention back to an issue that is often lost in national discussion; a vital human rights issue that is a public health epidemic of vast proportions."  Read more...

"Essentially, the take-away from the media/social response to the Ray Rice situation is that there is an extreme lack of general understanding of the complexities of domestic violence in intimate partner relationships."  Read more...

"My fear with the Ray Rice publicity is that it's all too easy to simply demonize him. That makes the solution neat and tidy."   Read more...

"With both the Ray Rice and the Adrian Peterson situations there is a very real opportunity for a nuanced national discussion about the role of men in condoning and clinging to violence." 

Research and innovation are core principles of DAP.

Since its inception in 1979 DAP has utilized the power of innovation, research and collaboration to become a leader in the domestic abuse movement.  As you've read in previous e-newsletters, DAP has been involved in a collaborative study on the connections between mind, body, healing and trauma.  Recently an article was published about DAP's Mind/Body Program in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.