October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)!
You’ve probably been hearing a lot about domestic violence in the news lately. Maybe people are talking about it at school or work, or maybe you’ve overheard your parents talking about it. At loveisrespect, we think it’s important that people have conversations about domestic violence and dating abuse. When we talk about it, more people become aware and educated, more resources become available, and more people can find they help they need.
What can you do when you hear conversations about domestic violence and dating abuse? For starters, you can help educate people about the basics:
Domestic violence and dating abuse happen everywhere, in every community. One in four women and one in seven men age 18 and over and one in ten high school students have been the victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes. Domestic violence affects more than 12 million people in the United States every year.
Domestic violence and dating abuse don’t discriminate. They can affect people of any gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or economic background.
Domestic violence and dating abuse are not the victim’s fault. The choice to be abusive lies with the abusive partner.
Domestic violence and dating abuse are complex issues. There is no one size fits all solution, and there are many reasons a person might stay in an abusive relationship. What victims need most are support and resources to help them find their own paths to safety.
And last but not least: there is no excuse for abuse!
Want to do more? There are other ways you can get involved during DVAM:
- Participate in the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s DVAM campaign and let everyone know how you #SeeDV.
- Donate your old cellphone to HopeLine from Verizon and provide a lifeline to a survivor. Better yet, start a HopeLine phone drive in your school or community!
- Join Verizon’s #VoicesHavePower campaign and share a message of hope with survivors.
- Support Break the Cycle’s Purple Purse challenge.
- Start a fundraiser for a local domestic violence shelter, program, or even loveisrespect! Set a goal and promote it to your networks.
You have the power to help end domestic violence and dating abuse. Join with us this October and help raise awareness in your community!
Sarah Honeycutt, a member of our National Youth Advisory Board, was featured on a segment about dating abuse for Fox 11 in Los Angeles. Check it out below.
Thank you for representing loveisrespect, Sarah!
This post was written by Kat Robinson.
Think of a time when you saw or heard of something that seemed problematic or harmful, whether or not you did something.
That was the first question a room full of people were prompted with last Tuesday at the University of Texas at Austin’s Interpersonal Violence Committee meeting, hosted by the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center's Voices Against Violence program. The committee meets once a semester to share resources, ideas and connect on interpersonal violence prevention and response. While usually open only to UT Austin community members, they made an awesome exception for loveisrespect and we had the privilege of sitting in on the meeting.