January is National Stalking Awareness Month, a time that challenges our nation to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it. Once again, the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime is pleased to join the Office on Violence Against Women of the U.S. Department of Justice in presenting a versatile set of resources in observance of 2012 National Stalking Awareness Month. More: www.stalkingawarenessmonth.org
The Idaho Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Project is a collaborative effort of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, St. Luke’s Health Care Systems, the Idaho Department of Education, Idaho School Counselors Association, Silver Sage Girl Scouts, Idaho Legal Aid Services, Treasure Valley YMCA and Interfaith Alliance of Idaho to educate teens and the statewide community on teen dating violence.
The Idaho Teen Dating Violence Advisory Council is comprised of twenty Idaho high school students. During National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Week in February, the Advisory Council members sponsored activities in their schools to increase awareness.
For years, young people across the nation have organized to put a stop to dating abuse. With their adult allies, they achieved a major victory in 2005 when the importance of addressing teen dating abuse was highlighted in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
Congress followed the lead of dozens of national, state and local organizations in sounding the call to end dating abuse. Both Chambers declared the first full week in February "National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Week." Then in 2010, Congress began dedicating the entire month of February to teen dating violence awareness and prevention.
Now in its third year, Teen DV Month is celebrated by leaders in government, student bodies, schools, youth service providers, community-based organizations, parents and more. Join us in promoting awareness of and preventing dating abuse. More:ww.teendvmonth.org and www.nomeansknow.com
The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.
Be the Solution is the 2012 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Campaign supported by Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, which is made up of service providers, organizations, and individuals across the state of Washington. More: www.wasaam.org
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” in October 1981 conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national levels.
The activities conducted 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 marks the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. In 1989 the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has passed every year since with NCADV providing key leadership in this effort. Each year, the Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.