The Rochester/Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium is a volunteer run organization comprised of over 25 member organizations that span the social systems and disciplines required to create a coordinated community response to domestic violence. Working together, these organizations seek to protect domestic violence victims while holding offenders accountable.
Domestic violence is a pervasive social problem that impacts thousands of women, men and children each year in Monroe County. Unlike some social problems, domestic violence impacts people in our community regardless of their zip code, income level, race, religion or level of education. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect battered women advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels.
These activities 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, and connecting those who work to end violence.