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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence is a community issue. It is not only in our homes; it is in our schools, our hospitals, our churches, and our workplaces. Maybe you know someone who has been abused. Maybe it’s happened to you.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Each Year during this month, communities across the nation join together to recognize Domestic Violence as an issue and to honor the survivors with vigils, rallies, and other awareness-raising activities.

DVAM was first recognized in October of 1987—the same year the first national toll-free domestic violence hotline became available. For more information about the history of DVAM, please visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s website.

Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance observes DVAM in a variety of ways each year, including our Knowledge Empowers Campaign and the Clothesline Project.  In 2009 we premiered our Paint Penobscot County Purple Campaign, which asks the community to highlight purple–the color for domestic violence awareness–during the month of October in support of survivors. Individuals, businesses, hospitals, and other organizations from throughout Penobscot County respond with creativity and enthusiasm. In 2011 we held our first annual Lincoln Walks to End Abuse with 50 participants, and in 2012 our Lincoln Walk grew to over 100 participants. Our first annual Bangor Walks to End Abuse premiered with over 300 participants in October 2012!