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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
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National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities
July 25, 2002

Each October, national domestic violence organizations and their allies sponsor Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) activities to raise awareness about domestic abuse at the national level. Government agencies, corporate and business leaders, professional associations, law enforcement agencies, hospitals and others take part in national DVAM activities. The activities include campaigns encouraging domestic violence awareness in the workplace and in health care settings, charity shopping days and national days of recognition.

The following list includes some of the many national DVAM activities planned for this October. Each listing includes contact information. Battered women’s advocates are encouraged to contact the sponsoring organizations to find out more about each event and explore how local communities can get involved. Advocates often can join national events, linking their local activities to national campaigns. Please note that this list is not comprehensive; it is a sample of the national events that will take place in October.

  Fundraising T-Shirt Sale throughout the month. Organized by Liz Claiborne, Inc., the month-long fundraising event donates 100 percent of all “love is not abuse” t-shirt sales to local and national domestic violence charity partners. The limited edition t-shirts will be available at Liz Claiborne and Elisabeth stores nationwide; they also can be ordered in October by calling 800-499-STOP. For more information, contact Jennifer Gorevitz at 212/229-0500, ext. 249.

  Work to End Domestic Violence Day on October 1. Organized by the Family Violence Prevention Fund, this day raises awareness of domestic violence as a workplace issue through workplace-based activities planned by battered women’s advocates, businesses, government agencies and unions across the country. For more information visit the Family Violence Prevention Fund’s web site, or contact Marissa Dagdagan at 415/252-8900.

  Unity Day on October 1. Organized by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the day’s activities include candlelight vigils, marches and scores of other domestic violence awareness events across the country. For more information, contact Rita Smith at 303/839-1852.

  Shop ‘Til it Stops Day on October 3. Organized by Marshalls, on this day Marshalls donates a percentage of all sales from its stores across the country to the Family Violence Prevention Fund." For more information, contact Colleen Healy at 508/390-6543.

  Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day on October 9. Organized by the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, a project of the Family Violence Prevention Fund, this day encourages health care providers to “Screen to Prevent Abuse” through domestic violence awareness programs planned by hospitals, health associations and insurance companies around the country. For more information visit the Family Violence Prevention Fund’s web site, or contact the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence toll-free at 1-888-Rx-Abuse.

  YWCA Week Without Violence from October 20 through October 26. Organized by the YWCA of the USA, this weeklong public education campaign encourages domestic violence awareness and violence prevention activities including tree plantings, candlelight vigils and community forums. Wednesday, October 23, focuses on violence against women, and Thursday, October 24, addresses violence among men. For more information visit the YWCA’s web site.

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Special events will include:

The 4th Annual Safe Walk & Fun Run October 5th, 7:00 a.m. at Beach Place in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. Come join walkers, runners and "no sweat" donors at this 5k race to Stop Abuse For Everyone!  We need participants, volunteers and supporters of every kind. Contact Lucille at (954) 760-9800 x 222  or lbrown@womenindistress.org for details and to register.

Athletes Against Domestic Violence is a symposium for high school and middle school students. Professional sports figures from all areas will be on hand to host candid discussions. These athletes want to get the word out that abuse is"NOT OK". The symposium will take place October 16th at the Moran Family Center of Women In Distress. Contact Sheryl Schwab at (954) 760-9800 x 247 or sschwab@womenindistress.org to sign up now. 

A Memorial Service for Victims of Domestic Violence will be held at Riverwalk on October 30th. Come and honor the women who have payed the ultimate price for love. For details, contact Sheryl Schwab at (954) 760-9800 x 247 or sschwab@womenindistress.org

Yearly sponsorship opportunities for WID's annual Safe Walk, Evening of Laughter, Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner are now available. Contact Laura Schneider at (954) 760-9800, ext 236 or  lschneider@womenindistress.org