While fall marks a time of beauty and cooler temperatures, it also marks an opportunity to shed some light on something not beautiful at all, but of great importance- domestic violence.  Every October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about relationship abuse. Everyone deserves a healthy relationship.  With recent news coverage of the tragic story of Gabby Petito, domestic violence has very much been in the spotlight lately. And for every Gabby, there are countless others like her who never make the news but who are also victims of domestic violence.  The pandemic adds another challenging layer to this pervasive and tragic problem.  During the pandemic, those experiencing domestic violence oftentimes have been more isolated with their abusers.  In many cases, they also may have had much more limited access to resources and support due to barriers created due to COVID-19.

But…………there are resources to help.

 

This year, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project’s campaign is #1Thing.   Sometimes it only takes “1Thing” to make a difference – with anything, and that includes domestic violence. And those “1 Things” collectively can make a big difference. What “1Thing” can you do?  Maybe it’s you, maybe it’s a friend or loved one.  It doesn’t matter who is experiencing domestic violence, help is available.

 

If you’re concerned that a friend or loved one is experiencing abuse in their relationship, it’s important to know how to start a conversation that empowers a survivor to make their own decisions. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a great resource for all – including those who may be helping a friend or loved one experiencing domestic violence. Click here to read tips on how to best support someone you care about who may be experiencing domestic violence.

 

The Hotline also has a wonderful resource for parents whose teen may be dealing with domestic violence as well. Click here to see how you can support your teen.  The love is respect project is available 24/7 to empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships. Visit loveisrespect.org to access information, resources, and immediate support specifically aimed at teen and young adult relationships.

 

Be encouraged to visit both of these websites, the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the Domestic Violence Awareness Project and educate yourself -for you and for those you love who may be counting on you to do “1Thing” that might just save a life.

 

Sources:

National Domestic Violence Hotline. https://www.thehotline.org/

Domestic Violence Awareness Project.  https://www.dvawareness.org/