Domestic Violence Awareness Month at Susan B. Anthony Project

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.

Check back on our website, social media, and emails for more information on event dates, locations, times, and details as October approaches.

Commemorative Wreath Hanging

Each year, SBAP and the City of Torrington hang a commemorative wreath in the main lobby of Torrington City Hall to mark the beginning of DVAM in honor of victims and survivors of domestic violence. The wreath remains at City Hall throughout the month of October.

Annual Candlelight Vigil

Each October, Susan B. Anthony Project hosts our annual Candlelight Vigil in Coe Park in Torrington to remember victims and celebrate survivors of domestic violence. The vigil also serves as an opportunity to honor community members who have collaborated and supported our work throughout the year.

Film Screenings

During awareness months SBAP hosts screenings of movies that discuss or include the themes of that awareness month. Previous DVAM screenings include Herself and A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story. Screenings free and open to the public.

Purple Thursday

Wear purple on Purple Thursday and post yourself wearing purple on your social media accounts to help shine a spotlight on domestic violence in our communities. These images help encourage important conversations about the devastating impact of domestic violence and lets victims and survivors know that they are seen, heard, and supported.

Pictures from SBAP’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2023 Activities