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Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the "Day of Unity" in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). The intent was to connect domestic violence and advocates and service providers across the country who were working to end violence against women and their children.

The Day of Unity quickly became a special week where several activities were held 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.

With the great efforts and leadership of the NCADV, the first national Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed in October of 1987. 
In 1989, the first DVAM Commemorative Legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress. Such legislation has passed every year since with NCADV providing key leadership in this effort.

Historically, the Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday in October. NCADV hopes that events in communities and regions across the 50 states will culminate in a powerful statement celebrating the strength of battered people in our country. 

The Ohio Department of Public Safety embraces this hope and has scheduled events and activities for the whole month of October to bring awareness and educate communities about domestic violence/intimate partner violence and various issues associated with this crime. (Courtesy of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
 
 
 
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
 
 
 
     
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Scheduled events in Ohio for Domesic Violence Awareness Month 2012
 
 
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  Week Two
 
  Domestic violence can have a detrimental impact on the workplace by interfering with the employee’s ability to perform work duties.  Employees affected by domestic violence may also have attendance problems due to the violence and this can result in an employee’s low morale and low productivity. 
 
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Intimate Partner and Teen Dating Violence: examples of behaviors each type
of abuser may display.
 
 
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The Ohio Family Violence Prevention Center within the Office of Criminal Justice Services plays a vital role to build awareness about the devastating impact of family/domestic violence in our communities.
 
 
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Office of Criminal Justice Services

Family Violence Prevention Center

1970 W. Broad St.

Columbus, OH, 43223

1-888-448-4842


www.ocjs.ohio.gov/family_violence.stm


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