Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. The activities conducted 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.

These three themes remain a key focus of DVAM events today. In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year marks the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. In 1989, the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has passed every year since with National Coalition Against Domestic Violence providing key leadership in this effort. Each year, the Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The first Monday of October 2017, the Sault Ste. Marie City Commission helped us celebrate by making a proclamation that the issue of domestic violence is important to each and every commissioner and it will not be tolerated. Even though DV Awareness month is celebrated in October, we believe this issue is important to educate on throughout the entire year.

Domestic Violence Awareness Walk Oct 09 2017

 

Please join us on October 9th for the Annual DV Walk as we raise awareness with our sisters in the movement, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Advocacy Resource Center. We will start registration at 5:00pm and the walk starts at 6:00pm. We will be meeting at the Niigaanigiizhik Building on Ice Circle Drive. The first 300 registrants will get a hooded sweatshirt. We will have food and beverages, hope, love, and fellowship.

 

 

 

Together, we can end domestic violence

 

 

Modern Day Slavery in Michigan Explored

On Saturday, September 16th,  the Soo Film Festival will be featuring the award winning film “Stuck in Traffic, Modern-Day Slavery in Michigan”, accompanied by the short  “Anna” dealing with the same subject.

Stuck in Traffic” is a 40 minute film that exposes the Michigan connection to the multi-billion dollar industry of Sex trafficking and explores how traffickers exploit and control their victims.  It is a stark reminder that the impact that this deplorable trade has upon our communities, our children and our families cannot be ignored.

We urge you to watch this film and participate in the Q &A panel that follows. Parents and community leaders need to understand and be able to recognize the signs,  so they can help our children and vulnerable adults to avoid becoming modern day slaves.

“It’s happening to somebody right now as we speak, and it needs to stop. We cannot look the other way. because when we look the other way evil is perpetuated… and this is happening to somebodies daughter, perhaps somebodies son, is being abused abused today” Tom Watkins

Help Wanted: Night Monitor

We are still on the search for a Night Monitor to stay overnight in our shelter with our residents. This is a great opportunity for college students and for those looking to gain experience in the social work field.

The Night Monitor is responsible for taking in new residents after hours and addressing any emergencies with the current residents.

Pay for this position is free room and board in our shelter (shared apartment).

Please call us for further information on how to apply!