Currently Domestic Violence Awareness Month is during the month of October. Also in October we have Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There is a campaign going on right now to have the month changed to May.
Breast Cancer Awareness and fundraising is an extremely important cause to recognize and support. So is Domestic Violence. Many communities feel stretched trying to honor both. Many times Breast Cancer Awareness activities and rallies overshadow efforts made by domestic violence supporters. The media coverage and financial donations for DV in the month of October is minuscule compared to that raised for Breast Cancer! The United Way is even strapped during that time so many shelters around the country may suffer during this time. This year (2009) will be even tighter because of our country’s economic state. So what can be done or changed to help both worthy causes?
The National Coalition Agaisnt Domestic Violence (NCADV) is working with agencies to change National Domestic Violence Month to May. Nothing has been decided for this year or even next yet. The idea has stemmed from all the other months in the late winter/early spring such as Stalking Awareness Month (January), Teen Dating Violence Week (February), Women's History Month (March), and Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month (April). May would fit perfectly with these and continue the momentum sparked by these other months.
Many communities already have activites and even traditions they have been holding in October. The NCADV would not require these events to be moved as DV Awareness should not happen only once a year. New activites can be established for the month of May.
In May 2009, the NCAVD will be launching a campaign to start the transition to May. It is called Glowing Purple: Shine the Light on Domestic Violence™. If this goes over well, May 2010 will officially mark the new month of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For more information about DV Awareness Month or good information in general, see the NCADV website.
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