National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Since 1989, October has been designated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).  On October 1st of this year, President Obama recognized the month and asked that we stand with all those who have been affected by domestic violence, recognize the individuals and groups who have stepped forward to break the cycle of violence, and recommit to ending this crime. Although we have made significant progress, there is still more work to be done. Domestic violence affects all of our communities and constitutes the single largest category of calls received by police.

The IACP commends those who work each day to address these crimes including law enforcement, advocates, prosecutors, and medical professionals as well as other criminal justice agencies and community organizations. Throughout the month, all across the country, law enforcement are collaborating with partners to raise awareness about the prevalence of this crime. We encourage you to engage in conversations and activities to highlight your commitment to effectively addressing domestic violence and promote resources and support available for victims.

The IACP is committed to bringing the crimes of violence against women to the forefront of policing. In partnership with the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, we have created tools, resources, and training to strengthen the response to and investigation of these crimes. For more information about our roll-call training videos, model policies, investigative strategies, and no-cost training opportunities, please visit:

[1] Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research: For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Judges, June 2009

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