October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

dv ribbonDuring the month of October, we stand in solidarity with our sisters in demanding an end to violence against women. Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides us an opportunity to renew our efforts to address all violence against women and girls. The Women’s Collective works year round with local and national collaborative partners to ensure women and girls have vital services to support them and policies and laws address violence and offer meaningful protections.

Violence thrives when we are silent; but if we take a stand and work together, we can end domestic violence. Help to raise awareness about domestic violence and join in efforts to end violence. Visit the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence to find out more about what is happening locally. For national efforts please visit the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Despite the tumultuous start to October with a government shutdown, we are pleased that President Obama signed the Presidential Proclamation, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2013 to ensure the nation continues its efforts against violence. Below is a part of the Presidential Proclamation:

“Ending violence in the home is a national imperative that requires vigilance and dedication from every sector of our society. We must continue to stand alongside advocates, victim service providers, law enforcement, and our criminal justice system as they hold offenders accountable and provide care and support to survivors. But our efforts must extend beyond the criminal justice system to include housing and economic advocacy for survivors. We must work with young people to stop violence before it starts. We must also reach out to friends and loved ones who have suffered from domestic violence, and we must tell them they are not alone. I encourage victims, their loved ones, and concerned citizens to learn more by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE, or by visiting www.TheHotline.org.

This October, let us honor National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by promoting peace in our own families, homes, and communities. Let us renew our commitment to end domestic violence -- in every city, every town, and every corner of America.”

Barak Obama

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