Domestic violence is a serious issue facing countless women and girls worldwide. In fact, it is estimated that at least one in three women worldwide will be the victim of sexual or physical violence, with intimate partners as the most frequent perpetrators. To address this important issue, The United Nations has designated November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
November 25 was first commemorated as a day to speak up on gender-based violence in 1981. Women’s rights activists chose the date in remembrance of the death of the Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic — political activists who were murdered in 1960.
In 2000, this date was officially designated as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by the United Nations General Assembly. This has helped grow the effort as more governments and nonprofits get involved in raising awareness.
The Importance of Awareness & Action
The statistics regarding domestic violence and sexual assault are alarming, to say the least. Women face a wide range of threats, including intimate partner violence, human trafficking, child marriage, genital mutilation, and cyber harassment. Intimate partners are often to blame, with the UN estimating that partners or other family members are responsible for roughly half of all killings of women worldwide.
Increasing awareness of these significant problems is a vital first step for helping community members take steps to combat these problems and provide resources for women to escape violence.
Here at OneEighty, we provide a wide range of domestic violence and sexual assault services to help victims escape from dangerous situations. This includes counseling and victim advocacy, a danger assessment program, and even emergency shelter for those in immediate danger. Utilizing these resources can make all the difference in escaping a dangerously abusive situation.
Domestic violence will only be eliminated as more people become aware of just how pernicious a threat it is. We must all be willing to stand up for women or any victim of these crimes.