Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is an unfortunate reality that occurs within every class, age group, race, and religion. It happens in families, friendships, and intimate relationships. Intimate partner violence happens within same and different sex partnerships; it happens whether people are married, living together, or dating. Approximately one in four women has been a victim of domestic violence.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month - a time established to draw attention to this unspeakable crime and continue efforts to raise awareness and stop the violence.

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’s advocates across the nation who were 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.

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. Such legislation has passed every year since.

Cal EMA Domestic Violence Programs

The mission of the Domestic Violence Section is to work with units of government and local nonprofits to prevent, reduce and eradicate incidents of domestic violence.  There are approximately 9 programs administered through this section, including the establishment and facilitation of the Domestic Violence Advisory Council.

The following are the programs in the Domestic Violence Section: