DVAM began in October 1981 with the "Day of Unity", conceived by the
The group's mission is:
- Mourning those who have died due to domestic violence
- Celebrating those who have survived
- Connecting those who work to end violence
Public Law 101-112 passed in 1989, designating October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month for that year. Legislation has continued to pass each year.
-- Adapted from the 1996 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resource Manual