October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month - a time to get informed, be aware and become involved in solving a problem of pandemic proportions.
In the U.S. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime - and only 34% of those who are injured will receive medical care. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, these numbers grow when we consider that victimization is correlated with higher rates of depression and suicidal behavior.
We all play a crucial role in changing the narrative surrounding intimate partner violence, and there is always something we can do to contribute. Want to know how you can help? Here are our 5 tips on how to raise awareness in the fight against domestic violence:
Love is in the air in October as the District of Columbia Coalition Against Domestic Violence embarks on their Spread Love DC campaign! Designed to change the conversation surrounding domestic violence, this campaign encourages communities to engage in an honest dialogue that promotes safety, respect and equality. Bring the love over to your town locally by joining the #SpreadLoveDC Challenge. You can make an impact by performing a random act of kindness for anyone who inspires you, and tag and share it on social media!
Join the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and join their mission to build a California full of healthy and respectful relationships. As a member you can engage in grassroots processes to influence public policy and get involved in educational challenges to promote the Partnership’s goal of a California that is violence-free.
3. Conscious Shopping.
Show your support by purchasing products that serve a purpose. The TJ Maxx Family of Companies is committed to helping the National Domestic Violence Hotline answer every call with the national 'Shop Till It Stops' campaign. In October, retailers donate a portion of their sales to the hotline to ensure that no victim is left without the hope and help of a friendly voice. Domestic violence services often operate at max capacity with a minimum of funds - here's a complete list of the TJ Maxx stores that participate in this program.
4. Purple Purse Campaign.
Donate to the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence Purple Purse Campaign. The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is designed to put an active stop to the epidemic of domestic violence. Since 2005, Purple Purse assisted more than 800,000 victims escape financial, mental, emotional and physically abusive relationships by financially empowering them. The campaign educates survivors on how to stand on their own two feet, financially, as well as gain and thrive in independence.
Get active in your efforts of by volunteering at local domestic abuse shelters where you can work with survivors and link up with others who care! Here's a great tool to find your local shelter.
We can help our communities thrive and not only offer insight, but establish and set the tone for healthy relationships as we take action. Join with us as we amplify survivors' voices, lending a helping hand and spreading love to family and strangers alike.