Domestic Violence Awareness Month

During the month of October you can collect goods to support victims of domestic violence and raise awareness about the issue.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. The activities conducted were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes:

  • Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
  • Celebrating those who have survived
  • Connecting those who work to end violence

These three themes remain a key focus of DVAM events today. In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year marks the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. In 1989, the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has passed every year since with NCADV providing key leadership in this effort. Each year, the Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

—Adapted from the 1996 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resource Manual of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.


Bridging Troubled Waters: A Community Conversation

  • October 1, 2016 – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Breakfast from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.  
  • Student Alumni Center
  • 800 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38163
  • Event Registration

This community conversation is designed to offer support, information and help to anyone involved in a domestic violence situation, connected to someone involved in such a situation, or someone who has the potential of being involved in an unhealthy or abusive relationship. The goal is to reach 400 women, men and children desiring to be empowered to change their lives. Participants will receive advice, support, tools and resources from leading specialists and professionals in our community. The keynote speaker will be activist Dee Griffin, a former reporter/anchor and domestic violence survivor.

Topics of discussion to include:

  • Relationship Health 101
  • Trauma/Suicide
  • Family Impact of Domestic Violence
  • Healthy Sexual Boundaries
  • Victim's Rights

Each registered participant will receive:

  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Access to great resources from a variety of vendors
  • A gift bag filled with useful items
  • An opportunity to win great door prizes

Presented by the Office of Special Events and Community Affairs


DVAM Campus Collection 

October 1 – October 20, 2016

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Office of Equity and Diversity is teaming up with Human Resources, Faculty Senate, and the SGAEC to collect goods to support victims of domestic violence and raise awareness about the issue.

We are asking University community members to donate items from the list below:

  • Disinfectant wipes Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Tissues
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Feminine products, etc.
  • Individually wrapped snacks

There are collection sites across campus including:

  • The Office of Equity and Diversity (910 Madison Ave., Suite 826)
  • Human Resources (910 Madison Ave., Suite WP012, 1st floor)
  • Special Events and Community Affairs (Hyman Building -  62 S. Dunlap, near the security desk)
  • General Education Building (8 South Dunlap – 1st floor security desk)
  • Student Alumni Center (SAC – 800 Madison Ave. – 1st floor lobby)
  • Coleman Building (956 Court Ave. – lobby)

Donations will benefit the Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County.

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DVAM Day of Service

This is the culminating event of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During the month of October, the UTHSC community will collect items to be donated to the Family Safety Center. On October 22, 2016, University volunteers will deliver the items to the Family Safety Center and provide service to the organization. This event, which brings together people who might not ordinarily meet, is designed to engage University community members in service-learning while doing a great deal of good for the Memphis community as a result of their participation. Service-learning is the deliberate linkage of community service to academic study so that students, faculty and staff extend the teaching, research, and service mission of the University into the community. It also promotes a sense of cooperation between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Memphis community. This event is open to all interested faculty, staff, and students.

Event Schedule

  • 8:00 – 8:30 am: Check-in (light breakfast) location TBD
  • 8:30 – 9:30 am: Organization of donations/ loading
  • 9:30 – 9:45 am: Travel
  • 9:45 – 10:00 am: Unloading and instructions
  • 10:00 – 11:30 am: Service
  • 11:30 – 11:45 am: Debrief/ travel

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