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Day of Unity

Created by the National Coalition Against Violence and first observed in 1981, Day of Unity brings attention to the problem of domestic violence in the United States. It mourns those who died on account of domestic violence, celebrates those who have survived it, connects those who work to end it, and is for reflecting on where the movement to end domestic violence has been and where it's headed. Day of Unity has gone by other names over the years, such as National Day of Unity for Battered Women and National Day of Unity Against Domestic Violence. It has always been observed in October, and since 1992 has been on the first Monday of the month.

During the 1980s, Day of Unity expanded into a week-long observance, with activities at the local, state, and national levels. Day of Unity also became part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which began in 1987 and was codified with legislation and a presidential proclamation in 1989, and which brings together advocates to end domestic violence. Another basis for Day of Unity is to celebrate the origin of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

How to Observe Day of Unity

  • Become involved with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Find events, resources, and information on their website.
  • Look for Day of Unity events taking place in your community.
  • If you or someone you know needs help, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
  • If you know a survivor of domestic violence, celebrate them. If you knew someone who lost their life on account of domestic violence, mourn and remember them.

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