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 women advocates across the nation who was 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.
These activities were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes: mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence.
In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year the first national toll-free hotline was begun. In 1989 the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month Commemorative Legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress.
In October 1994 the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in conjunction with Ms. Magazine, created the “Remember my Name” project, a national registry to increase public awareness of domestic violence deaths. Since then, NCADV has been collecting information on women who have been killed by an intimate partner and produces a poster each October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, listing the names of those documented in that year.
The Osage Nation Counseling Center’s Domestic Violence program offers services the victims and survivors of Osage County. They have a survivor group every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for location; please call 918-287-5422. On October 15, 2009 they are honoring the victims of Osage County, who lost their lives due to Domestic Violence and celebrate the survivors with a program at the Community Center from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., guest speakers will be Margaret Goldman, Attorney Generals Office, LuAnn Brown, Osage County Undersheriff and a child survivor of Domestic Violence, for more information please call the Counseling Center at 918-287-5422. Public is invited.