by Anna Denson
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and today REACH joined its partners at the Haywood County Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Elder Abuse Task Force to spread the word to local college students.
Representatives from REACH and other Task Force member organizations set up stations around campus at Haywood Community College. They spoke to students about domestic violence issues, handed out information, and distributed purple ribbons in honor of Awareness Month.
“It’s a good way to reach a lot of people,” said REACH’s court advocate, Susan Macon, who attended the event. She went on to comment about the importance of getting information out on college campuses, particularly with recent campaigns against campus rape and dating violence.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from a “Day of Unity” held in 1981, and was first observed in 1987 — the same year which saw the first toll-free national domestic violence hotline. The aim of Awareness Month is to spread information and promote an end to this pervasive form of violence, which will effect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men during their lifetimes.
In a presidential proclamation last week, the White House summed it up well. “During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we reaffirm our dedication to forging an America where no one suffers the hurt and hardship that domestic violence causes — and we recommit to doing everything in our power to uphold the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse.”