DVAM / Week Without Violence
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"Week Without Violence" is an annual worldwide campaign that takes place in the third week of October (Domestic Violence Awareness Month - DVAM) to encourage communities to think and act towards a world without violence.
The YWCA Week Without Violence was launched in 1995 and has grown from a grassroots initiative into a global movement with women, men and children participating in events in over 20 countries. YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Events consist of; Information Fair, Candlelight Vigil, Literary Reading Performances and Panel Discussions.
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What is Domestic Violence Awareness Month?
In October 1981 the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) held the first "National Day of Unity." The "National Day of Unity" was a time meant to connect other advocates working in the mission to end domestic violence. The hope was that by connecting other advocates around the country more could be done in the area of advocacy.
As time went on, the day became a week of remembrance and eventually the day became a full month of Awareness. With the leadership of NCADV, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was held in October of 1987. That same year marks the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hot line.
In 1989 the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Each year, Women's Protective Services teams up with local government to proclaim October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
"Hands of Hope Drive" October 1 to December 1