The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) released a statement this week acknowledging Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), which is recognized during the month of October. NCADV’s theme for 2021’s DVAM is #WeAreResilient, a reminder of survivor’s resiliency as well as the collective resiliency of the domestic violence movement.
“We chose this theme, this year in recognition of the particular challenges we have all faced and moved through, but especially those experiencing harm from others and those doing the ‘groundwork’ to ensure that those who are harmed are supported,” said Ruth M. Glenn, NCADV’s President/CEO. “It’s an opportunity to reflect on the brilliance of the resilience shown by domestic violence victims, survivors, advocates, and other allies as we work towards a national culture where intimate partner violence is not tolerated at any level of society.”
We stand by our long tradition of using October to also raise awareness, work with our partners in our collective efforts to support victims, survivors and advocates and work to ensure accountability for those that harm others.
NCADV applauds the Biden administration for releasing their 2021 DVAM Proclamation and for its continued commitment to changing the national conversations on domestic violence:
During National Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month,
we honor the tremendous dedication of advocates and service providers,
honor the courage and resilience of survivors, and recommit ourselves
to standing with them for safety, dignity, and justice. There is still much
work to do, and it will take all of us to do it. We must rededicate ourselves
to creating a society where domestic violence is not tolerated, where
survivors are supported, and where all people have an opportunity to
thrive without fear of violence or abuse.
NCADV was responsible for the initial organizing nation-wide to create awareness around domestic violence for the general public. In 1981, NCADV organized a Day of Unity recognized around the nation by domestic violence advocates and survivors. Over time, this single day expanded to a full week and finally a whole month of awareness-raising efforts by 1987.