Of the many issues that negatively affect victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, a lack of awareness by the general public may be the most harmful of all. When others don’t understand the seriousness of the problem, it becomes difficult for victims to receive the support they need.
Thankfully, there are several things you can do to bring more awareness to the issues surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault. Here are a few ways you can help:
Learn More: Start by learning more about domestic violence. You can read articles here on the OneEighty site or download resources from other reputable organizations to learn facts, statistics, warning signs, and other key pieces of information that will allow you to help others.
Share Information: Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault often don’t know where they can turn for help. You can make a huge difference in their lives by pointing them to services such as the OneEighty crisis help line so they can get professional assistance.
Don’t Stay Silent: Silence and shame contribute to a culture where sexual assault and domestic violence issues are ignored or dismissed. Don’t be afraid to share information and facts with others, or even to speak out against jokes that make light of these problems. Speaking up helps spread awareness and eliminate harmful stigmas.