Domestic Violence Awareness

November 1, 2016 by mitchellcohen

grace-3First things first, I would like to say thank you to everyone who took action against domestic violence this October, either by activating Survivor Packs, sharing content on social media or just by starting the conversation about domestic violence with colleagues, friends, or family members. By raising your voice, you join a movement of countless people around the globe who are working to create a future without violence. A movement that cannot be contained to just one month of activism and service.

For us to make a true difference in the lives of the 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men who will have their lives impacted by domestic violence, domestic violence awareness must continue. For violence will only persist as long as we do not take action. Several area in which action is still needed are ensuring resources for domestic violence survivors, implementing anti-violence education in schools, and legislation that give protections to survivors.

By continuing to implement Survivor Packs, you are making sure that survivors have access to basic necessities like toiletries. This project is meant to spark empathy between non-survivors and survivors and as a result continue to donate to shelters. This is especially important because domestic violence centers are often seriously underfunded, and by giving you are making sure that shelters can provide access to more women affected by violence.

“For us to make a true difference in the lives of the 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men who will have their lives impacted by domestic violence, domestic violence awareness must continue.”

On the education part, Kickin’ Violence is currently working to analyze areas of improvement in anti-violence education in the school districts in which we work and then design proposals that can be implemented to meet these needs. We are currently working on this in Houston, TX and Sarasota, FL and are always looking on more school districts wanting to partner with us. If you are interested, please email me at grace@kickin-violence.org.

Finally, current legislation does not ensure comprehensive protections for survivors, and the protections that are available vary from state to state and even from city to city. Campaigning for more legislation by contacting your local or state representatives or signing petitions are simple things that you can do to help survivors in your area and around the country. And even if you can’t do any of these things right now, just continuing to raise awareness by sharing articles and statistics on your individual Facebook pages can make all the difference.

So thank you again for all your hard work in October and I can’t wait to see where your impact can take you!

Grace Wickerson is the founder of Kickin’ Violence and a 2016 LEAD360 winner for her project Survivor Packs. 

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