Spark Change And End Domestic Violence By Doing One Thing
“AWARENESS + ACTION = SOCIAL CHANGE”
Those were the words the Domestic Violence Awareness Project used in 2015 to help people see that we ALL need to be a part of the equation to help put an end to domestic violence.
This year they’ve taken that idea a step further and called on us to leverage the POWER OF ONE, using the #1Thing campaign.
In short, the #1THING CAMPAIGN EMPOWERS EVERYONE to take action doing just one thing to bring awareness and ultimately change to this issue.
Through the collective power of individuals each taking their own unique action, a rippling effect happens causing an even greater IMPACT.
So what are some of the ways you can get involved and help eradicate domestic violence?
HERE’S A LIST TO HELP YOU FIND YOUR#1THING TO SPARK CHANGE THIS OCTOBER:
- Share your personal story of experience with domestic violence. Hope and strength is gained from hearing the experience of others.
- Share about seeing the effects of domestic abuse on a loved one. Domestic Violence doesn’t discriminate and it doesn’t just affect the victim. Family members, friends and coworkers can all be affected by domestic abuse and their stories are just as important.
- Find your local shelter program and support it through donations of clothes and other basic necessities. Your donations can be vital resources to helping women and their children get back on their feet after escaping abuse.
- Talk to your local policy makers about the importance of funding programs that provide services to survivors of domestic violence. Without advocates speaking up, these programs face the risk of being discontinued.
- Believe victims. If someone is reaching out to let you know they’re experiencing intimate partner violence, or if they’re seeking guidance because they’re unsure, take their words seriously without any judgement.
- Offer emotional support to someone who has experienced trauma. Taking the time to lend an ear can be a tremendous help for victims in the process of healing after an abusive relationship or experience with sexual assault.
- Learn about your local service providers and how to direct victims to them. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a great place to start, but make sure you research what’s currently being offered in your local community.
- Form a Domestic Violence Prevention Program for teens. Preventative education can plant the seed to help young girls engage in healthier relationships overall and help future victims recognize the signs of abuse much quicker to make a change that could save their life.
Do #1Thing This October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The list we provided of ways to raise awareness and take action is just the tip of the iceberg.
It doesn’t encapsulate all the numerous and deeply personal choices one can make to effect change in the fight against domestic violence and the treatment of victims.
No matter what you choose to do as your #1Thing, how big or how small you feel your action may be is irrelevant. The impact you make will be huge if you COMMIT to doing that one thing.
One person alone can’t change the problem of domestic violence, but together as individuals and as a community WE HAVE THE POWER to make a lasting, positive impact on today’s communities and generations to come.
We invite you to share this list with others so that they may be inspired and possibly even discover some action they could take starting today.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Pledge to do #1Thing and start making a difference.
The #1THING WE PLEDGE to do to spark change is to EMPOWER survivors of domestic violence by helping them develop successful careers.
The actions we take will be to EQUIP women with In-Demand skills, help them implement strategies for advancement, and coach them along the entire Career-Development process until they reach financially independence.
Economic Empowerment is what we believe will truly help these women find freedom so they can live the life they deserve.