Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men
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