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Notice to Readers: Domestic Violence Awareness Month, October 2003

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Approximately 1.5 million U.S. women and 835,000 U.S. men are raped or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabitating partner, or date each year (1). The annual health-related costs of intimate partner violence in the United States is approximately $5.8 billion (2). During October, state and territorial domestic violence coalitions, corporations, health-care providers, faith-based groups, and CDC will highlight activities that increase awareness about intimate partner violence.

A packet of materials designed to help plan events, initiate outreach in communities, and generate public awareness about domestic violence during October and throughout the year is available from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Awareness Month Project, 6400 Flank Drive, Suite 1300, Harrisburg, PA 17112-2778, telephone 800-537-2238, and at Additional information about DVAM is available from CDC at


  1. Tjaden P, Thoennes N. Full report of the prevalence, incidence, and consequences of violence against women. Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice and CDC, 2000 (NCJ183781).
  2. CDC. Costs of intimate partner violence against women in the United States. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, 2003. Available at


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