October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month


To many people October means fall with all of the colors associated with it. The reds, golds, oranges and browns of the leaves. The ending of summer, a time of harvest, a last hurrah from Mother Nature. The quiet before the cold winter storms.

To me, October has another meaning and I see another color. October is Domestic Violence Month. A month set aside to raise awareness of the problem and a time of remembrance for the victims. When I think of October, the color I see is purple.

Purple has interesting meanings in the world of color. In earlier times before synthetic dyes, purple was a difficult color to achieve so in some countries purple was the color chosen for royalty. In history purple was also a color chosen for mourning. I don’t know how purple came to chosen to represent Domestic Violence, though at least one website has proffered an explanation. This site offers this explanation for the color purple: purple is the color of a bruise. To me that sounds appropriate. There is a nice poem there about domestic violence also, very much worth reading.

In communities across the U.S. you will be seeing notices of groups gathering for meetings, rallies, candlelight vigils, and other assemblies. Those are important as they serve several purposes. They help to raise awareness of the problem of domestic violence. They act as a way to offer information to potential victims. And they are held to remember the victims of domestic violence. If you can please show your support by attending a gathering.

Another means of spreading awareness about domestic violence is the purple ribbon campaign. By wearing a purple ribbon, you can show your awareness of the problem, your support of the victims who are still in abusive relationships, rememberance of the victims lost, and your support for changes in laws to end the domestic violence problems. And when someone asks you why you are wearing a purple ribbon, you get a chance to tell them how you feel about the problem of domestic violence. If you have a blog or website, post that purple ribbon and show where you stand on Domestic Violence.

Domestic violence is not limited to just women showing support. We also need men too. Men to speak out, men to show they also want the abuse to stop. Wear a purple ribbon with pride, say that you too are speaking out against domestic violence.

Why should you bother? Read the poem I posted above, I really cannot explain it any better. Please… make this year the year that you get involved.

Throughout this month I will be posting a series of various topics about domestic violence and what you as an individual can do to help.



  1. October 4, 2007 at 2:43 am

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  2. becky j said,

    October 4, 2007 at 6:57 am

    Just a little FYI regarding domestic violence awareness month, on the second Wednesday of October is Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day, at our hospital that i work at we are doing a lot of things through the month but on that day in particular we are handing out informational material and purple ribbons to all 950ish employees, so those of you who work in health care please note that special day, this year it lands on October 10th, gather items for shelters in need, hand out materials educating on Domestic violence do display windows, whatever you can think of, if you dont work in health care call your local hospitals and tell them about this special day.

  3. October 4, 2007 at 9:49 am

    BeckyJ, thank for that info. I wasn’t aware of that. I have a question for you. Does your hospital have the DV phamplets in your emergency rooms? I have seen those in some hospitals, but not all.

  4. becky j said,

    October 7, 2007 at 6:35 am

    Yes thanks to our committee we have pamphlets in ER, in all the waiting rooms bathrooms, etc. My goal after Awareness month is over is to have it be mandatory to ask the questions in the Doctor offices to screen for domestic violence, at least yearly or more frequently and i want it to be asked to everyone not just women of younger ages, because as we all know it is not a young womans situation. we are going to do more education with our staff, last year we focused on identifying and helping out your coworkers, this year our focus is going to be on talking and identifying with our patients. we have a long ways to go but i am a very determained woman and i have recruited some great people for our committee. If anyone has suggestions or comments on how to improve our education i would be so happy to listen, or if anyone wants information on how our committee works id be more than happy to help. Its all about educating and bringing it to the surface so everyone can see what a horrible pandemic this is.

  5. October 7, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    Becky J you are doing a great job. I hope you are also including men in your education and stressing to them that they also have a role and a voice in the domestic violence issues.
    I was wondering, do you belong to any nursing associations that publish newsletters and/or magazines? It would be great if you could get your hospitals efforts written up-not only because you deserve the kudos but kinda as an inspiration you know.

  6. becky j said,

    October 8, 2007 at 2:23 am

    We are definatly including men, as a matter of fact when we inserviced all of our staff which included everyone from administration to grounds keeping, we actually had 3 males and 2 females join a class that is held in our town that people are 99% of the time forced to go thru by the courts, they actually all came to us and asked how to join it because they learned by our inservice that they have some violent characteristics.I dont currently belong toa nursing association yet that is one of my goals for the new year i would actually love to help other facilities even nonhealth care companies get annual education started. it was a great feeling knowing that we helped so many people. Thank you for the compliments, and it is because of your blog and websites that many many people have been helped. I think youre doing an awesome job as well.

  7. maggiesrose said,

    September 25, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Becky as well as all of you here, thank you so much for all you do! We have an Awareness Network where we are highlighting October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month as well and have included some of your valuable information on it.

    We’d love to have any one of you join us at Peace4!

    Thanks so much again!


  8. divine said,

    January 20, 2010 at 6:35 am


  9. Matt said,

    October 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    ” its great that you guys are focusing people’s minds on the issue of domestic violence by devoting a month to raising awareness. In the UK we’re trying different approaches to encouraging young people to talk through the implications of domestic violence by using film and digital media. We’ve created a site called http://www.kimthemovie.com that shows a drama about a young woman’s experience of living with an abusive partner. This is a UK approach but I hope you guys find it useful. Thanks.”

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