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AJWC collects used cell phones for women at risk of domestic abuse

AGAWAM The Agawam Junior Women's Club is collecting used cell phones at its Oct. 18 meeting to donate to local women at risk because October is National Domestic Awareness Month.

The Mission of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence is to organize for collective power by advancing transformative work, thinking and leadership of communities and individuals working to end the violence in our lives.

NCADV was formally organized in January 1978 when over 100 battered women's advocates from all parts of the nation attended the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hearing on battered women in Washington, DC, hoping to address common problems these programs usually faced in isolation. NCADV, having celebrated 25 years in 2003, remains the only national organization of grassroots shelter and service programs for battered women.

In 1970, there was no such thing as a shelter for battered women. Today there are over 2,000 shelter and service programs, forming a national movement based on the belief that women and their children are entitled to a safe environment free from violence and the threat of violence.

In October 1994 NCADV, in conjunction with Ms. Magazine, created the "Remember My Name" project, a national registry to increase public awareness of domestic violence deaths. Since then, NCADV has been collecting information on women who have been killed by an intimate partner and produces a poster each October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, listing the names of those documented in that year.

For more information about the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence please visit

We encourage any interested women to learn about women's safety issues and the Agawam Juniors, their projects and their programs to benefit the Agawam community.

Please contact our membership Chairman, Ann @ 786-4900. The Agawam Junior Women's Club is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts, Junior Membership.