04 Feb Do We Still Need DV Awareness Month?
Dear Friends of WTLC,
Every year, we join communities across the nation to recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
We sometimes get the question, “Do we really need a whole month dedicated to DV awareness?” It’s a fair question—when the DV movement began back in the 1970s, more awareness was key to getting the issue the attention it desperately needed. But now, in 2021? Surely we as a society have grown past the need for “awareness.”
The truth is that if we were to allow it, society would happily sweep the issue of domestic violence back under the rug. DV is an uncomfortable topic of conversation, and it would be so much easier if we could just pretend like it doesn’t happen anymore.
But we cannot go back to looking the other way just because acknowledging domestic violence might make people uncomfortable. And so we continue to raise awareness, encouraging ongoing conversations, pushing back against stigma and shame, and standing in solidarity with the survivors in our community.
We hope you will join us this Domestic Violence Awareness Month as we raise our voices together to call for an end of violence and exploitation.