October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault recognizes the Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) campaign in October to bring awareness to these issues, educate the community, and reduce occurrences of domestic violence in our communities. Various events and activities are planned throughout the month to engage the community to work together to address the causes of domestic violence.
DVAM 2023 THEME:
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) was launched nationwide in October 1987 as a way to connect and unite individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues while raising awareness for those issues. Over the past 30+ years, much progress has been made to support domestic violence victims and survivors, to hold abusers accountable, and to create and update legislation to further those goals.
The Scope of the Problem
More than 1 in 4 women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
Nearly 8 million women are raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked by a current or former intimate partner each year.
1 in 5 women and 1 in 38 men have experienced rape in her or his lifetime.
Nationwide, an average of 3 women are killed by a current or former intimate partner every day.