In preparation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month starting Wednesday, October 1st, I’d like to share a few ideas with you on how you can get involved in the cause. It’s so important to talk about domestic violence and help reduce the stigma attached to the subject.
One in four women in the United States will become a victim of physical domestic violence in her lifetime. This precludes the number of unreported cases and also does not include other forms of abuse such as: verbal, emotional, sexual, spiritual, and financial.
What can we do to raise awareness? I have a few ideas:
Wear purple during the month of October and tell people why we are.
Familiarize ourselves with the domestic violence organization in our area and give that information to people in our life who may need it.
Celebrate and model healthy relationships.
Talk to our children and grandchildren about respecting themselves and others.
Go to a domestic violence rally in our area.
Talk to someone whom we suspect may be in a difficult relationship.
Familiarize ourselves with a safety plan in case someone needs our help.
Support our local domestic violence organization.
Plan a fundraiser.
Any of these ideas will help raise awareness to this prevalent issue and help stop domestic violence in the future. It is important to continue to work throughout the year once November arrives.
Remember if we can help just one person, we’ve done our job!
Have a great week.