Every October, CADA joins survivors, allies, community partners, and other advocates across the state and nation to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a time to bring attention to the issue of domestic violence and relationship abuse. Every October, we honor and mourn those whose lives have been lost because of domestic violence and celebrate those who have survived. Every October, communities, and individuals have the opportunity to take a stand against domestic violence.

History of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month started as just one day of recognition. In October of 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) established the “Day of Unity,” which was a day to connect advocates across the country working to help survivors and end domestic violence. Quickly, the Day of Unity activities began to fill an entire week. In 1987, October was recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month for the first time. 1987 was also the year that the first national domestic violence hotline was operational. In 1989, Congress passed Public Law 101-112, which designated October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This legislation has passed each year since then, with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence leading advocacy efforts.

Why Domestic Violence Awareness Month is so important
Millions of people experience relationship abuse every year, and the negative impacts of the violence and trauma are far-reaching. Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a time to share information about red flags of relationship abuse, as well as promote and share information about available resources for victims and survivors. One reason that Domestic Violence Awareness Month is so important is that the more information everyone has about what relationship abuse can look like, individuals experiencing abuse may be more easily able to recognize unhealthy and abusive behavior for what it is. The more people know about relationship abuse, the more likely they are to recognize when someone they know demonstrates signs of being in an abusive relationship. Furthermore, when we normalize conversations about relationship abuse, victims may feel more empowered and safe in seeking help or confiding in loved ones.

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, on average, more than one in three women and one in four men will experience abuse or violence by an intimate partner. Relationship abuse affects nearly 12 million people every year. Last year, CADA advocates provided support to victims and survivors who called the 24-hour helpline over 8,000 times. On average, CADA advocates work with between 2,000 and 3,000 people each year. And these are just individuals who reach out for help. There are so many people navigating abuse and trauma alone.

How YOU can spread awareness:
  • Follow CADA on Facebook and Instagram and share our posts throughout October
  • Forward this newsletter to someone you know
  • On Thursday, October 21st, wear purple to show your support for survivors
  • Volunteer with CADA
  • Educate yourself on healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships. The more you understand about abusive behaviors and red flags, the better resource you can be for those who may be experiencing relationship abuse.
  • For more ideas, visit our website.

This month, you have the opportunity to take part in the movement to end domestic violence. We all have a part to play in ending violence and supporting survivors! No one should have to navigate abuse alone and if we all participate in Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we can show victims and survivors that they are not alone and our community is here to support them!

Domestic Violence Memorial Walk
One way you can recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month is to visit CADA’s Domestic Violence Memorial Walk in Mankato. This memorial installation is comprised of signs honoring each of the 30 known victims of domestic violence related homicide from 2020.  

The Domestic Violence Memorial Walk is along the path on Stoltzman Road, starting near the intersection of Stadium Rd. and James Ave. This installation will be up throughout October and you are welcome to walk by at any time to reflect and pay your respects to these individuals.

Join our Team!

We are hiring for a Watonwan County Community Advocate. No experience necessary. We are looking for someone who has a passion for helping others and supporting survivors of violence in the Watonwan County community and will uphold CADA's values of anti-oppression, community, dignity, stewardship, and survivor-centered. Advocates provide emotional support, legal help, and safety planning for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Health insurance and other benefits offered. VERY generous paid time off plan. Spanish/English speaker highly preferred. Please visit our website for more information on how to apply.
Volunteer at CADA's
Mankato Marathon Water Stop

For the last several years, we have had the honor of being one of the Mankato Marathon Charities. The Mankato Marathon has a commitment to giving back to the community.. Champion runners from each charity raise money for their nonprofit and race registrants also have the opportunity to donate their entrance fee to a nonprofit. Sadly, this is our final year to participate in the Mankato Marathon Charities program. We are so grateful to the marathon organizers for giving local nonprofits a platform like this!
You don’t have to be a runner to support CADA at the Mankato Marathon! We are looking for volunteers to join our water stop and cheer team on the morning of Saturday, October 16th. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult!

To learn more and volunteer with us, email Holly!
2020 Homicide Report:
Relationship Abuse in Minnesota
On Friday, October 1st, Violence Free Minnesota, the state coalition to end relationship abuse, released the annual Homicide Report. Each year, Violence Free Minnesota collects names of the known victims of domestic-related homicide and shares their stories. Along with sharing the stories of each victim, the report analyzes available data relating to the victims’ relationships to their perpetrators, cause of death, history of violence, and other important information. Furthermore, the report outlines policy and systemic recommendations that would move our state forward in ending relationship abuse.

In 2020, at least 30 individuals were killed due to intimate partner homicide. At least 20 women and at least one man were murdered by a current or former intimate partner. At least nine friends, family members, or bystanders were murdered in domestic violence related situations. And at least 20 minor children were left without a parent due to intimate related homicide.

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