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2016 Presidential Proclamation from President Barack Obama
2016 Governor's Proclamation from Governor Pat McCrory

October 1-31
Safe Alliance of Mecklenburg County
#WhyIAmWorthMore Social Media Campaign
October 2


NC Council for Women reports that during the 2014-2015 reporting period, domestic violence agencies across NC received 110,319 calls on their domestic violence crisis lines and served 56,664 victims and their children in person 

53 individuals were murdered by their intimate partner in North Carolina in 2015; the perpetrator used a firearm in more than half of the murders 

The National Network to End Domestic Violence conducted a nationwide survey of programs across the country on September 16, 2015, in which 70% of North Carolina’s DV Programs participated. The results showed that in North Carolina in a 24-hour period, 1,576 victims received services, but 102 victims could not be helped because local programs here in North Carolina didn’t have sufficient resources 

A research study done in 2014 of the economic impact of domestic violence in North Carolina found the total cost of DV for North Carolina to equal $307 million annually.
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Durham Crisis Response Center and NC Central University
"Her Story Through His Eyes: A Survivor's Tale"
NCCU School of Education Auditorium in Durham
October 4

National Call of Unity
Dial (877) 594-8353, passcode 924-42-288#

Compass Center for Women and Families
Kick-Off Happy Hour Event
The Crunkleton in Chapel Hill 

October 6

My Sister's House of Nash & Edgecombe Counties
Open House, Ribbon Cutting, & Empty Chair event
301 South Church Street, Suite 239, Rocky Mount

Durham Crisis Response Center
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Vigil
Pennies For Change Thrift Store in Durham

October 7

OASIS of Watauga and Avery Counties
Cycle to End the Cycle
Avery County Homecoming Parade, Newland

October 8

Durham Crisis Response Center
Tattoos & Brews for Purple and Pink Day Party
Hawg Pen in Raleigh

October 11

Compass Center for Women and Families
Coffee Conversation at the Carolina Union
UNC-Chapel Hill

October 13

Infinite Possibilities of Vance and Warren Counties
6th Annual Walk and Candlelight Vigil to End Domestic Violence
Vance County Courthouse

October 14

El Pueblo and the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence
2nd Annual Vigil in Awareness of DV among Latinxs in NC 
El Pueblo, 2321 Crabtree Boulevard, Suite 105, Raleigh

Family Abuse Services of Alamance County
Annual Wine Tasting
Grove Winery in Gibsonville

October 15

Onslow Women's Center
Dancing Stars of Jacksonville
American Legion Building, Jacksonville

October 16

time TBA
Compass Center for Women and Families
Film Screening and Panel Discussion at Motorco Music Hall
hosted by the LGBT Center of Raleigh

October 17

Safe Haven of Person County 
"From the Pulpit" roundtable discussion with members of the clergy
Piedmont Community College, room S100, Roxboro
Refreshments will be served

October 17-22

week-long events
InterAct of Wake County
Domestic Violence Collaboration Week

October 18

Wesley Shelter, Inc. of Wilson County
Take Back the Night Vigil
Barton College, Wilson

October 19

Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Chatham County
20th Annual Domestic Violence Vigil
NC Arts Incubator Courtyard, Siler City

October 20

Center for Family Violence Prevention
Longhorn Steakhouse DVAM Fundraiser

Infinite Possibilities of Vance and Warren Counties
2nd Annual Walk and Candlelight Vigil to End Domestic Violence
Warren County Town Square

Wesley Shelter, Inc. of Wilson County
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation, presented by Mayor Bruce Rose
City Council, Wilson

October 21

REACH of Clay County
Our Lives Mattered: "Remember My Name" Vigil
On the square, downtown Hayesville

October 22

The CWE Foundation
Community Domestic Violence 1 Mile Walk
8300 Falls of Neuse, Raleigh

InterAct of Wake County
1st Annual Love Heals 5K Race/Walk to Benefit InterAct

Families Living Violence Free of Granville County

DV Awareness and Fundraiser "The Shagging Pig" Pig Picking & Shagging event
Vino Oasi, 3200 Bliss Trail, Stem

*Drawing on October 22* tickets available now
REACH of Macon County
Handmade, Double Wedding Ring Quilt Raffle

October 26

Five-County Domestic Violence Rally and Silent March
All members of the community are invited to join with agencies from Wake, Johnston, Wilson, Edgecombe & Nash counties to make a stand against domestic violence
For rally location in each county please visit

Families Living Violence Free of Granville County
Ribbon Cutting, Grand Opening, and Candlelight Vigil
901 Hillsboro Street, Oxford

October 27

Center for Family Violence Prevention & the Pitt County Domestic Violence Network
Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil
Pitt County Courthouse, Superior Court room 1, Greenville

October 28

Infinite Possibilities of Vance and Warren Counties
LIGHT THE HOOPS Charity Basketball Game - Law Enforcement from surrounding counties will take it to the hoops
Southern Vance High School

October 29

Safe Space of Franklin County
Engaging Faith Community: A Pastoral Conference 
International Denominational Ushers Association Building, 4441 US Hwy 1, Franklinton



Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). The intent was to connect battered women's advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities was conducted at the local, state and national levels.

These activities were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had a common theme: 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 National Domestic Violence Awareness Month was held. In conjunction, that same year the first national toll-free hotline was started in the country. In 1989, the first National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Commemorative legislation was passed by the United States Congress. Such legislation has passed every year since.

In October 1994, NCADV, 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 incidents of women who have been killed by an intimate partner and will produce a poster each October for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, listing the names of those documented in the preceding year. The long range goal for the project is to establish a permanent exhibit and/or monument utilizing all the names that have been submitted to the registry and to continue to add names as they are submitted.

Reprinted with permission from 1996 Domestic Violence Awareness packet, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence


  • Plan as far ahead as possible and involve battered women and children as much as possible.

  • Contact your state coalition or network to coordinate and strengthen efforts in your state and region.

  • Be sure that the media is aware of your plans.

  • The suggested national observance is a candlelight ceremony on or near the National  Day of Unity to remember those who have suffered and died from domestic violence and to celebrate the work being done to end violence. Choose a significant public place to hold the vigil.

  • Be creative. Include music, poetry, dance, moments of silence, and stories shared by women.

  • Purple is the color for the Month’s activities. Wear purple ribbons to bring national awareness to the issues faced by battered women and their children.

  • Start small if you wish, but plan now to do something during October. Make Domestic Violence Awareness Month part of your evolving her story.

Activities and Ideas

Ribbon Campaign: Distribute purple ribbons to clergy, police chiefs, judges, librarians, emergency room personnel, and others in your community.

Table Tent Campaign: Print table tents with a reminder that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and information about services and how to access them. Distribute table tents to area restaurants and hospital cafeterias.

Utility Company Campaign: Ask local utility companies to include a message in their October bills. (Sometimes banks are also willing to include information in their monthly statements.)

Library Displays: Contact public libraries in your area and provide them with materials for a display. Church Campaign: Send a mass mailing to all religious institutions in your area asking them to address the issue from the pulpit or in their newsletter during October.

Children’s Campaign: Have children from the shelter write thank you cards with painted hand prints on them to be distributed to police departments, judges, probation officers and prosecutors in the county.

Chili Cook-Off: Have a chili cooking contest with prizes and entertainment. Invite individual cooks, teams and restaurants to compete, with tasting open to the public. The proceeds benefit the local shelter.

Clothesline Project Display: Display tee-shirts created by survivors of domestic violence in a public place. The shirts depict their stories, their pain and their hopes.

Teen Dating Violence Essay Contest: Hold essay contests in area schools with an awards ceremony.

Wish List Drive: Put posters in area beauty salons displaying the shelter’s wish list and making literature and information available. For every item contributed, the person's name is entered in a drawing for a prize.

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