October is Relationship Abuse Awareness Month

1 in 4 females will have experienced
relationship abuse in her lifetime.

1 in 9 males will have experienced
relationship abuse in his lifetime.


October is honored nationally as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. At UNH, we honor the month as Relationship Abuse Awareness Month.

The month evolved from the Day of Unity, first celebrated in October of 1981. The Day of Unity was established to connect advocates of battered women across the nation. By October of 1987, the awareness initiative had spread throughout the month and the U.S. began to observe October as a national awareness month for Domestic Violence. A purple ribbon is worn by supporters of the cause throughout October to help raise awareness.

Relationship abuse can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. The abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, and/or psychological actions or threats of actions that causes fear, intimidation, humiliation, manipulation and/or injury to the victim. Relationship abuse may occur in any relationship, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, sex, education level, or level of intimacy.