What is Domestic Violence Awareness Month?

Elizabeth Alderson joins Claudia Pahls to understand October's National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which first began in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity to connect battered women’s advocates across the country. 

Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status. It’s not just punches and black eyes -- it’s yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation. It’s stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, constant use the silent treatment, or calling someone stupid so often they believe it.

Nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Now is time to take a stand. Support survivors and speak out against domestic violence all month long.

For DASAS, October means events. 

  • 10/8 7:00pm - Candlelight Vigil at Cass District Library

  • 10/15 7:00pm - Candlelight Vigil at St. Joseph County Courthouse 

  • 10/19 7:00pm - "Behind the Mask" Masquerade Ball "Old Hollywood Gala" theme at Sturges-Young Auditorium in Sturgis

  • 10/29 8:00am-12:00pm - Community Forum "Domestic Violence & Co-Occurring Trauma at Glen Oaks Community College

Visit https://www.dasasmi.org/ for resources or call our 24-hour hotline at 800-828-2023.

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The mission of Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services is to lead efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault in southwest Michigan. 

We will assist domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in clarifying their options, accessing community services that support personal choice and will provide a safe place for survivors and their children.  It is our strong desire to walk alongside survivors on their journey, whatever that may look like. 

All DASAS services are free and confidential.


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