For years I knew Domestic Violence awareness month was October, but I had forgotten until recently that October was the month my life changed forever, it was late October, days surrounding Halloween when my husband had tried to kill me for the last time. Sounds funny, had had been killing me for months mentally.
The month has so much meaning to me and many others that have survived or are trying to survive. It is the month when all the leaves fall off and we rest for the winter so that we are reborn for the new spring. I give thanks that a month that almost ended my life is now a month I give thanks for, the month I was set free.
If you are living in abuse, make the choice to change your life now. If you have escaped abuse, be so grateful that this month supports you and others trying to live a safe, happy, violence free life.
It starts one day, one month at a time to change the world.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect battered womens advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels.
The Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday in October. NCADV hopes that events in communities and regions across the fifty states will culminate in a powerful statement celebrating the strength of battered women and their children. (Copied from http://www.ncadv.org/takeaction/DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth.php)
Love & Peace,