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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness month which has been going on since 1981 with the National Coalition against Domestic Violence.  It originally started as a single day in October but has since expanded to the entire month. The day in 1981 quickly turned into a week and then in 1987 it became an entire month with the idea being, working to end violence against women and children.  That same year a national toll-free hotline was opened and in 1989 the first Domestic Violence awareness Month Legislation was passed by Congress.


The Day of Unity for Domestic Violence is still celebrated on the first Monday in October with events in communities all across the country. Family Violence Project in Maine is a wonderful resource to find information, support and to ask questions about domestic violence and to get help. You don’t have to be married to be a victim of Domestic Violence. Single people who are living together or simply dating can be victims too. Not all domestic violence is physical, it can emotional, sexual or psychological and can happen to people of all ages, genders and races. The hot-line number in Maine is 1 877 890-7788 to be called to inquire about a relationship you may in and fear domestic violence is present or to report suspected domestic violence in another home, maybe a neighbor, friend or member of your family. Family Violence Project is there to help, to listen and to get you through your situation.

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