October 3, 2008
OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
Charlotte, NC –The Domestic Violence Advocacy Council (DVAC) has organized several events throughout October to recognize national Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Events include free training sessions, a candlelight vigil and a golf tournament. The schedule of events may be found online at
http://dvac.charmeck.org and is listed below.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg DVAC is focusing this year's events on community partnerships. Domestic violence service providers, houses of worship and community leaders will have to partner to end the cycle of violence.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month began in 1981 with the National Coalition Against Violence Day of Unity. The intent was to connect battered women's advocates across the country who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state and national levels.
The DVAC is led by the Mecklenburg County Community Support Services Women’s Commission and other local advocates. The DVAC is a group of committee members dedicated to eliminating domestic violence in our community. For more information on the effects of domestic violence in our community, call the Mecklenburg County Community Support Services Women's Commission at 704-432-SAFE or 704-336-3210 or the United Family Services’ Shelter for Battered Women at 704-332-2513.