Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October, 1981. The intent was to connect advocates across the country 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 programs and events 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 themes remain a key focus of Domestic Violence Awareness Month events today. In October, 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. A full month of activities and events reaffirms our dedication to ending domestic violence in our community so that no one suffers the pain and hardship that domestic violence creates.
In 2015, Palm Beach County lost 11 individuals to domestic violence and there were over 5,500 reported incidents. We must continue to raise awareness and provide prevention education as well as increase the availability of critical immediate assistance programs and long term resources so that survivors can rebuild their lives.
Our Sister’s Place, Inc. is proud to sponsor our 4th annual “Shine A Light On Domestic Violence” Awareness Event on October 20, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Jupiter Lighthouse. Please join us and our guest speakers as we stand strong with victims and survivors and proudly partake in our own Domestic Violence Awareness Month activity. We stand together with all those who work so hard to end domestic violence and ask you to “Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence” with us as well.