Domestic violence is one of the most pernicious problems our society faces, yet it is rarely talked about. This shouldn’t be the case, as domestic violence and sexual abuse become a seemingly insurmountable threat when it feels like nobody is listening.
In an effort to shed light on the horrific impact domestic violence has on families, October is designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. By spreading awareness and providing support to battered women and others who have been victims of abuse, it is possible to bring hope and help to the people who need it most.
Simply speaking out about domestic violence is one of the most important things you can do during the month of October. This includes holding nuanced discussions with friends, colleagues, or family members to help eliminate the negative stigmas often associated with victims of abuse.
Speaking out may seem like a small step, but it could make all the difference in helping a victim know that there are people who support and understand them.
The National Network to End Domestic Violence provides several other opportunities to serve and speak out during the month of October. Activities throughout the month include social media discussions, participation in a Goodreads book club, and volunteer opportunities.
To take your efforts to the next level, visit NNEDV online to learn more about what you can do or volunteer at OneEighty! Every contribution, no matter how small, can make a huge difference in the lives of those trying to escape the harmful effects of domestic violence and sexual abuse.