Domestic Violence Prevention: A history of milestones and achievements

This timeline documents key historical events known to significantly impact or advance the goal of intimate partner violence prevention in the United States, noting intersections with sister social justice movements. The information is complied from several timelines and listings of prevention milestones.

This timeline was developed by the [VAWnet Project]( of the [National Resource Center on Domestic Violence]( and was last updated March of 2013. Content suggestions are welcome via our [online contact form](

1970-08-12 00:00:00

Feminists rally

1976-10-12 00:00:00

Wisconsin Conference on Battered Women

1977-06-12 00:00:00

Take Back the Night

1977-10-12 00:00:00

Center for Domestic Peace

1977-10-12 00:00:00

Emerge Counseling and Education to Stop DV

1977-11-12 00:00:00

International Women’s Year Conference

1978-01-12 00:00:00

Consultation on Battered Women: Issues of Public Policy

1978-10-12 00:00:00

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

1978-11-12 00:00:00

Aegis, the Magazine on Ending Violence Against Women

1979-07-12 00:00:00

Healthy People Initiatives

1979-10-12 00:00:00

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

1980-09-12 00:00:00

HHS Objectives for the Nation

1980-09-12 00:00:00

Teen Dating Violence Curriculum

1980-10-12 00:00:00

Family Violence Prevention Fund

1980-10-12 00:00:00

Marin Abused Women’s Services

1980-10-12 00:00:00

New York City Anti-Violence Project

1981-10-12 00:00:00

Domestic Violence Awareness Week

1981-10-17 00:00:00

National Day of Unity

1982-10-12 00:00:00

First National Women of Color Conference

1982-10-12 00:00:00

Men Stopping Violence

1982-10-17 00:00:00

Women and Male Violence

1983-01-17 00:00:00

There Is No Hierarchy of Oppressions

1983-10-17 00:00:00

CDC Violence Epidemiology Branch

1984-02-17 00:00:00

Power & Control Wheel

1984-06-12 00:00:00

The Burning Bed released

1984-09-17 00:00:00

Attorney General's Task Force Report

1984-10-12 00:00:00

Family Violence Prevention and Services Act

1985-10-12 00:00:00

DHHS Secretary's Task Force Report

1985-10-12 00:00:00

Relationship Abuse Prevention Program

1985-10-12 00:00:00

The Color Purple

1985-10-17 00:00:00

Surgeon General's Workshop

1986-10-12 00:00:00

CDC Division of Injury Epidemiology and Control

1986-10-12 00:00:00

Battered Wives

1986-10-12 00:00:00

Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services

1987-10-12 00:00:00

First Dating Violence Prevention Programs

1987-10-17 00:00:00

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Observed

1987-11-12 00:00:00

The Northwest Network

1989-10-12 00:00:00

Public Law 101-112 Recognizes DVAM

1989-10-12 00:00:00

The Network/La Red

1990-10-17 00:00:00

The Domestic Violence Coalition on Public Policy

1990-10-17 00:00:00

Violence & Abuse Becomes Public Health Priority

1991-01-17 00:00:00

Mapping the Margins

1991-10-12 00:00:00

American Indians Against Abuse

1991-10-17 00:00:00

Society for Prevention Research

1992-01-12 00:00:00

CDC: "The Prevention of Youth Violence"

1992-06-12 00:00:00

AMA Journal: Violence as a Public Health Issue

1992-10-12 00:00:00

Abuse Ranked Leading Cause of Injury

1992-10-12 00:00:00

Transforming Communities

1992-10-17 00:00:00

CDC Adds "Prevention" & Addresses Youth Violence

1992-11-17 00:00:00

Helping Teens Stop Violence

Domestic Violence Prevention: A history of milestones and achievements

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