Domestic Violence Awareness Month was first established 37 years ago by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity to connect battered women’s advocates across the country. This DVAM, we call on you to act as an advocate to support victims in your community, friend cohorts, family, etc.
Emotional, physical, psychological/mental, sexual, and financial/economic abuse is, unfortunately, occurring all around us. It is crucial that each and every person does what they can to ensure victims are assisted through their situations.
Check out these 5 things that you can do to be an advocate this Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
1. Share the phone number. Sometimes, being there for someone is as simple as sharing the resources necessary for them to get help. Locally, (201) 333-5700. Nationally, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
2. Attend the Candlelight Vigil (10/17) and wear purple on #PurpleThursday (10/24). Each year, WomenRising and Hudson County Community College team up to host a special candlelight vigil for all those impacted by domestic violence. The vigil is open to all members of the community. Follow WomenRising’s social media (@womenrisinginc) to see when more details are announced.
#PurpleThursday is a nationally recognized day where everyone is encouraged to wear purple to show support for victims of domestic violence and spread awareness about the cause. Start a social media campaign at your office, host a dress-down day in school, whatever it takes to remind survivors and victims that they are not alone.
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3. Don’t judge, just listen. Remind everyone in your life that you are there to offer a listening ear. Do not judge someone who tells you about their journey through a domestic violence relationship. Be there for them to listen to what they’ve been through then refer them to WomenRising or a domestic violence agency near them.
4. Get Educated. It is important to understand the dynamics of an abusive person as well as the victim in order to empathize with someone who has experienced it. Check out these resources to learn more:
5. Support your local domestic violence agency. All of the proceeds from WomenRising’s Annual Celebration of Service Gala go directly toward ensuring Hudson County women and families are assisted through crisis situations like domestic violence. Attending the gala or taking out an ad in our journal will ensure women in Hudson County are properly served and protected. www.womenrising.org/gala