Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) at Susan B. Anthony Project

Domestic Violence Awareness MonthEach October, Susan B. Anthony Project hosts our annual Candlelight Vigil in Coe Park in Torrington to remember victims and celebrate survivors of domestic violence.  We also honor community members who have collaborated and supported our work throughout the year.

Click here to learn about additional Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities happening in the month of October.

Susan B. Anthony Project hangs a commemorative wreath at Torrington City Hall to mark the beginning of DVAM in honor of victims and survivors of domestic violence.

Candlelight Vigil

Domestic Violence Awareness Month History

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity”, first celebrated in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).

candlelightvigil1The goal was threefold:

  • to mourn victims of domestic violence
  • to celebrate survivors of domestic violence
  • to connect those who work to end domestic violence.

These themes remain the focus of Domestic Violence Awareness Month events to this day.

In 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year marks the launch of the first national toll-free domestic violence hotline.