Domestic Violence Awareness Efforts

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) takes place throughout the month of October. It is during this time that we pay special attention to those affected by domestic violence in our campus, local, national, and global community. Domestic Violence Awareness Month is defined by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence as follows:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. The activities conducted were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes:

  1. Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence

  2. Celebrating those who have survived

  3. Connecting those who work to end violence

These three themes remain a key focus of DVAM events today. In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year marks the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. In 1989, the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has passed every year since with National Coalition Against Domestic Violence providing key leadership in this effort. Each year, the Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

—Adapted from the 1996 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resource Manual of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Safe Horizon provides statistics and other facts in regards to domestic violence. This page can be found by clicking here.

October 2019 "Hands Don't Hurt" campaign. 

Each year, WNU recognizes the NO MORE campaign. Check out the NO MORE campaign, as well as find resources and support here:

https://nomore.org/learn/resources/

ABOUT US >

Why Not Us? has four core pillars. These are as follows:

 

Educate the Allegheny College community members about the sexual violence and rape culture that affects all members of this community.


Engage members of the Allegheny College community through campus-wide events, discussions, and collaborative efforts. Why Not Us?  will work with Allegheny College administrators to ensure that our campus community can best support survivors of sexual violence, and work to end rape culture. 


Empower those in our community to work to end rape culture, step up when they witness instances of injustice, and to support survivors of sexual violence. 


Collaborate with other campus organizations to influence campus policy and climate with the goal of ending rape culture. 

CONTACT >

E: meyera2@allegheny.edu

WNU Leadership Team:

Co-President: Anna Meyer

Co-President: Tage Boggs

Public Relations: Madi Sherman
Attorney General: Amelia Rockwell
Treasurer: Kiley Hewitt
Event Coordinator: Maggie Rhodes 
Co-Advisors: Gilly Ford & Emma Highland

Meeting Times & Location, Fall 2019

Where: Tippie Parent Library

When: Every Friday, 1:45 - 2:45 pm