The Big Picture
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, I did a little research into how this month came to be, and what it stands for.
In 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) established an Annual Day of Unity, an initiative meant to connect advocates and others working to end domestic violence. The Day of Unity eventually turned into a week-long event, and, in 1989, the United States congress enacted a law designating the entire month of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence established three core themes for the month:
1. Mourning those who have died as a result of domestic violence
2. Celebrating those who have survived
3. Connecting those working to end domestic violence
This year, Domestic Violence Awareness Month competed with multiple national issues and tragedies. Hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the unbelievable loss of life in Las Vegas all come to mind. Domestic violence month may have been a bit obscure this year, but it has not gone away. According to the NCADV, more than 20,000 calls are made to domestic violence hotlines every day. I am currently working on finding the best way to raise awareness to this issue – during awareness month and beyond. Ultimately, I hope to be a part of more than awareness as it is evident to me that change on many levels is needed.
For those of you who were not able to attend my first Meet the Author event in October, I spoke of things that each of us can do to model peace and reduce violence in our own worlds. as you watch these video clips from my presentation you will see that these action items are based on common sense and role modeling. These alone will not end domestic violence, but they are a place to start.
I am only one person, but through the publishing of my book, and with each of you behind me, I’m hopeful that my message will be heard by readers beyond my geographical limits. To that end, I now have people from nine states and three countries following my Blog and/or Facebook page! I thank each of you for following my progress, and for introducing new people to Joan Hicks Boone.
I hope to see some of you at my second Meet the Author Event on November 28th, 2017. The first part of the evening will continue the discussion of domestic violence and I will be reading two chapters from my upcoming book, The Best Girl. The evening will conclude with a holiday sing-a-long that might be just as fun as Carpool Karaoke! I look forward to seeing some of you there!