So here we are in October. The nights are getting colder and also longer which is great because I can now convince my children that it is bedtime way before it actually is! Their shorts and sandals are being packed away to be replaced by long pants and running shoes, which will soon be replaced with snow pants and winter boots. Everywhere you look the leaves on the trees are turning beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow, but October is also associated with another colour: purple. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.
How fitting that as 1 in Four enters our second month in existence, I would get the opportunity to blog about a month dedicated to exactly what we are trying to do. I did a little googling to see what I could come up with and I think this says it best, "Domestic Violence awareness month has a three-fold purpose: To raise awareness, to mourn those lost to domestic violence, and to unite those working to end domestic violence" ( I pinched this from a blog site called Home Sweet Home, the post written in October of 2006).
I have always loved the month of October, probably because it is the month that has my birthday. As a child I used to think that there wasn't any nicer month... I even liked the way the word looks, October ; the change in the weather; that it got cozy in the evening and I could wear a sweater if I felt cool; I liked that it has Hallowe'en at the end of it and of course that my birthday was in there too. It is odd to me that I have found new significance for the month of October. I'm not a child anymore. Serious things have happened, sad and terrible things... things that are not cozy and comforting. I have been frightened and lost, alone and scared. Too many of us have been the same.
So since October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, then we have 31 days in which to raise awareness, mourn those lost and to unite with those who work to end DV. That is a tall order for one month... it's a good thing that there are 11 other months in the calendar year. Every day there are people committed to doing their part to end DV. There are women's shelters and crisis lines and rallies and newsletters and blogs... the list goes on!
People work to end Domestic Violence because it is wrong. Women and children have died. I bet many of those women loved the month of October as well... it's a great month... It's a month of change. Let's do our part this October 2012 to bring about real change. Let's do whatever we can do to raise awareness of this terrible thing called Domestic Violence and let's do it for ourselves and our children and for all of those who didn't get the chance.by