Domestic Violence Awareness Month


WHEREAS, domestic violence impacts our families, homes, communities, schools, and workplaces on a daily basis; and

WHEREAS, ending violence in the home, at work, and in the community requires vigilance and dedication from every part of our society; and

WHEREAS, in 1987, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CADV) observed the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the same year that the first national toll-free hotline for domestic violence victims was established; and

WHEREAS, Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the Day of Unity observed in October, 1981, by CADV; and

WHEREAS, during the month of October, victim-advocate groups, centers, service workers, and many other organizations come together to connect those who work to end violence, and to celebrate those who have survived and mourn those who have died because of domestic violence; and

WHEREAS, it is critical that those seeking help or services have access to proper care and treatment; and

WHEREAS, Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an opportunity to stand with domestic violence survivors, to celebrate the progress made in combating these crimes, and to recommit to reducing domestic violence in the Commonwealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 2014 as DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.