By the loveisrespect National Youth Advisory Board
For you middle schoolers out there, you might be wondering how you can get involved during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and make a difference at such a young age. You might not know where to begin or what to do. We have a few ideas to help you get started:
Talk to the staff at your school’s resource/counseling center to see if there are any events planned for DVAM, and offer to volunteer for their activities. If they do not have anything planned, ask if they would be willing to do an event or an activity to create awareness about domestic violence in your school.
If your school doesn’t have a resource/counseling center, ask the principal if you can plan an event or activity to raise awareness for DVAM. Once you get the resource center or the principal involved and on board, you can start planning! Below are some ideas of what you can do.
Host a Wear Purple Day
As you might know by now, purple is the awareness color for domestic violence. Just like college and high school students, you can get your peers involved by setting aside a day for everyone to wear purple to show solidarity and raise awareness (or you can choose to participate in National Wear Purple Day on Oct. 20!). Get the student body involved by making announcements in the school and putting up flyers. You might even be able to get your teachers involved as well. It doesn’t hurt to ask if teachers are willing to do a small activity or talk about the significance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month with their students. Getting students to wear purple is a way to get many people involved and teach them about the prevalence of domestic violence.
Another great way to get involved is to do some tabling, either during lunch period or before or after school. Your table can do anything from small activities, educating your peers, to even giving away small goodies. Some good ideas of what to bring to the table can be found on the Resources page of www.loveisrespect.org. On our website, you can find links to download handouts, palm cards, bookmarks and even posters. Try reaching out to your school’s health/resource center to see if they would be willing to help you print out materials to distribute and raise awareness for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Make a Banner of Support
Another fun idea would be asking your friends and peers to help you make a banner of support that you can hang up in the school (be sure to get permission to do this!). The banner can consist of messages of love and support for all the victims and survivors of domestic violence. You can have your student body contribute small notes, little drawings or anything that inspires support and love, and you can arrange all the pieces on the banner. This banner can be hung on a school wall to remind the students of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
How are you raising awareness during DVAM? Share with us in the comments!