Home isn’t the only place affected by domestic violence. It touches all of our lives. Because those who are abused bring their experiences, feelings and attitudes wherever they go. This leads to more violence in our communities.
You have the power to make a difference in your community. Here’s what you can do:
Get informed about domestic violence. There is literature available about domestic violence. You can find this information in books or through a local service provider.
Educate members of your community. Initiate a Domestic Awareness Campaign within your community with the help of school administrators, local businesses or a local service provider. Look in your community for peer educational groups such as STAR.
Make it known in your community that violence will not be tolerated and encourage people to seek help to figure out ways to express feelings of frustration, anger and sadness.
Commence conversation about domestic violence. There are many people living in violent situations. It is important that they know they are not alone and that they should not be ashamed. This is not a private issue. It affects the entire community. Children and teens exposed to violence often bring this learned behavior to school and into the greater community.
Redefine gender roles. Educate to change stereotypes of women and men. Gender stereotypes contribute to domestic violence. Often men feel because of their gender they have the right to control women by any means necessary. Women often accept this because of the same misconceptions about gender.
Help to educate the police about domestic violence. There are training programs to educate police about the issue of domestic violence.
Write letters to local and federal government officials expressing the need within your community for domestic violence prevention programs.
Write letters to local and federal government officials asking for stricter penalties for abusers.
Write letters to large companies asking for their support in creating domestic violence prevention education programs in schools, programs or clubs.