Lumina Alliance is renaming Domestic Violence Awareness Month to Domestic Violence Action Month. The goal is to encourage the community to be proactive in preventing violence through education and purposeful parenting.

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience some form of violence by a partner. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. These startling numbers are beyond the capacity of most service providers, which is why Lumina Alliance is emphasizing the importance of prevention and community education to stop violence before it starts.

“We are calling on community members to be advocates for change and break the cycle of violence that is all too common,” said Lumina Alliance CEO Jennifer Adams. “Individual actions create a ripple effect that brings lasting change and promotes healthy relationships everywhere.”

Throughout October, there are many opportunities for community members across the county to learn more about domestic violence, actions they can take to prevent it, and how to foster healthy relationships in their lives. Lumina Alliance is partnering with Cal Poly Safer and has created a calendar of events for the month of October. Parents, guardians, and teachers can also visit ReDefineSLO.org to get resources for teaching their young boys about healthy relationships in order to break the cycle of violence. Community members can also visit Wild Fields Brewhouse, Dead Oak Brewing Co., and Central Coast Brewing to drink purple beverages in support of DVAM, learn more about preventing domestic violence, and enter for a chance to win a giftcard for their participation.