October is Relationship Abuse Awareness Month at UNH


Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men
aged 18 and older in the US have been the victim of
severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their 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.

Each year SHARPP recognizes the month of October with various awareness campaigns and activities. We also encourage students, staff, and faculty to wear a purple ribbon. The purple ribbon is a unifying symbol of courage, survival, honor, and dedication to ending relationship abuse.

3 ways to help a friend:
    • Listen without judgment and believe what they tell you.
    • Establish physical and emotional safety – ask your friend what they need.
    • Reach out to appropriate resources – SHARPP, Emergency services

Learn more about relationship abuse here

*Breiding MJ, Smith SG, Basile KC, Walters ML, Chen J, Merrick MT. Prevalence and characteristics of sexual violence, stalking and intimate partner violence victimization – National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, United States, 2011. MMWR. 2014:63(No. SS08); 1-18. www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/intimatepartnerviolence/consequences.html