Domestic Violence Awareness Month



October is known for breast cancer awareness month. However, did you know it is also domestic violence awareness month? Did you know one in four women will be victims of domestic abuse? That’s more women than breast, ovarian and lung cancer combined!

Recently in the news the issue of domestic violence has received much attention. There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done to raise awareness about this issue. The need for services for domestically abused victims is high while there just aren’t sufficient funds to support this prevalent need. We can all pledge this month to talk about this issue and to raise better awareness.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 which was created by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The aim was to connect advocates nationwide who were working to end violence against women and children. The Day Of Unity became a week devoted to various activities done locally, in state and nationally. These activities included mourning those who died from domestic violence, celebrating survivors and connecting those who are working towards ending domestic violence. The first Domestic Violence Awareness month was observed in October, 1987 and the first domestic violence toll-free hotline was established.

What started as a day became an entire month dedicated to raise awareness. Similarly, if we all pledge this month to take small steps and do our part to raise better awareness, we can create a big difference. Domestic Violence is often overlooked but pledge this month to care about this cause just as much. You can donate here and your generosity will help us fulfill our mission of ending domestic violence and homelessness one family at a time.

There are other fun ways during this month through which you can give back. WINGS will be commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness month at our Purple Tie Ball. You’ll have a great night of cocktails, dinner, auctions and live entertainment while supporting a great cause. can also participate in the “Run Domestic Violence Out of Town” marathon and the money raised will benefit several organizations working to end domestic violence in Chicago.

There are other simpler ways to get involved to raise awareness during this month. You can wear purple often during October and this way you can start a conversation about domestic violence. You can display a purple ribbon on your Facebook profile which can also be a conversation starter about this issue.

Remember no step is too small and can spark something bigger than you could have imagined. Support Domestic Violence Awareness month this October!