Men wearing purple shirts were all smiles as they lined up for a photo outside of the Osage Counseling Center in downtown Pawhuska. The photo will be made into a poster for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The men had volunteered their time Sept. 9 to pose for the photo, wearing their purple shirts. Purple being the DVAM official color.
“I just want to thank all the participants who came by to support this cause,” said LaVina Clark, domestic violence administrator for the counseling center. "To know that these men support Domestic Violence Awareness Month is heartening."
Each of the real men received a ticket for a door prize in which Everett Waller, liaison to the Osage Minerals Council and cultural adviser in Chief John Red Eagle’s administration, won a $50 gift card. A long-time Hominy resident and Hominy Buck fan, Waller even wore his purple shoes.
According to the Domestic Violence Awareness Project Web site, DVAM evolved from the “Day of Unity” in October 1981, conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the country who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national levels, according to the site.
Activities for the month vary and are diverse. Common themes done by program sponsors include: mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence.
In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year marks the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. In 1989 the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Such legislation has passed every year since with NCADV providing key leadership in this effort, according to the site. Each year, the Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you are in danger and need help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or TTY (800) 787-3224.
For more information about Osage Nation DVAM activities from the ON Counseling Center, call (918) 287-5425.