National Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981. The month was first held in October 1987, and the following year, Congress passed Public Law 101-112 officially designating October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Activists against domestic violence use the color purple to promote awareness and support for the month. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Nevada consistently ranks 1st  in the nation for domestic violence fatalities. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the U.S. have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, you are encouraged to reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline which recently engaged in its 4 millionth conversation with victims and survivors of domestic violence by calling 1-800-799-SAFE or visiting  

Last Updated: 4/11/2016