Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect battered women as advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a week and then a month filled with activities to mourn those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end domestic violence. In October of 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. In October of 2011 the Mill Valley City Council issued a proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To read the proclamation, please click here.
Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors -- including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion -- used by one intimate partner against another to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Batterers use a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humilate, blame, injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner.
For more information about domestic violence, including potential warning signs for emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline's information page. Break the Cycle provides information about patterns of abuse and behaviors commonly experienced by youth in dating relationships.
For the month of October, the Mill Valley Police Department will display "Love Shouldn't Hurt" stickers on all patrol cars.