Local advocates for battered women are planning a series of activities and workshops during October to draw attention to the thousands of U.S. women who are killed each year by domestic violence.

The rallies and meetings are designed to reach local women who may be in threatening situations . Domestic violence " goes on every day," said Joy Savage, a women's advocate at My Sisters Place shelter for battered women, which is sponsoring many of the events. "People really aren't that aware of it."

Advocates say 6 million American women each year are beaten by their husbands or boyfriends and about 4,000 die from the injuries. Each year the D.C. police reportedly receive more than 17,000 calls related to domestic violence.

The first activity to focus attention on the problem will be a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Monday on the steps of the District Building at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, where advocates for battered women and other organizations will call on community leaders to treat violence within families as a crime.

Advocates will hold workshops on legislative efforts to enforce laws against domestic violence at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Martin Luther King Library and at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Sixth Presbyterian Church. On Oct. 24, a day-long workshop is planned on various related topics, including lesbian battering, the effect of domestic violence on children, as well as legal issues surrounding the problem.

On Oct. 20, a group called D.C. Men Against Rape will hold an afternoon rally at Dupont Circle to draw attention to the role men can play in solving the problem.

For information, call 529-5991.