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DVAM History

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation 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 level. The activities conducted were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes:

 
  • Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence

  • Celebrating those who have survived

  • Connecting those who work to end violence

These three themes remain a key focus of DVAM events today. 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 National Coalition Against Domestic Violence providing key leadership in this effort. Each year, the Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

—Adapted from the 1996 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resource Manual of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

All of our services are “AT WILL” FREE, and CONFIDENTIAL

Families Living Violence Free does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

LOCATION
              125 Oxford Outer Loop Rd.     
Oxford, NC 27565

OFFICE HOURS
Monday thru Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Families Living Violence Free is Granville County’s domestic violence and rape crisis center. Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2004, we are certified by the Governor’s Crime Commission and the North Carolina Council for Women/Domestic Violence Commission and the designated Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault service provider to victims in our county.

Organizational Overview: Families Living Violence Free is governed by a Board of Directors which is actively engaged in determining our strategic direction, defining our goals and objectives as related to our mission, and evaluating the success of our services toward achieving our mission. The board also ensures that our resources are managed effectively with proper financial controls in place to remain accountable to our donors and the public.

                                                   Announcement
      Resignation of Pam Hester as Families Living Violence Free Executive Director

It is with regret and sadness we announce that after almost four years leading Families Living Violence Free, Granville County’s only Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Center, Pam Hester is stepping down to begin the next chapter of her career.

During her time with Families Living Violence Free, Pam has worked tirelessly to promote our organization in our communities while expanding the services provided to clients.  This growth has led to expanding FLVF’s fulltime staff and relocating the agency to its new location at 125 Outer Loop Road, Oxford.  Her compassion and unique skills have resulted in positive benefits to both victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and have been a driver in helping survivors celebrate new beginnings.  Underpinning the delivery of these services has been Pam’s unwavering dedication and strong leadership.  Pam has led a dedicated team, each of whom plays an integral role in the everyday running of such an important and vital non-profit organization.

Pam leaves Families Living Violence Free to expand her career as Vance County’s Tourism Development Director and we sincerely thank her for her contribution and leadership during her tenure as Executive Director.

The Executive Board will oversee agency operations until the recruitment process of finding a new Director is complete.  This will ensure continuity and aid in the transition of a new Director.

The FLVF Board wishes Pam much success in her continuing career path.

Families Living Violence Free Board of Directors