Thursday, September 30, 2010

10 Things You Can Do About Domestic Violence

As we begin October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, people have been asking me "What can I do about domestic violence? Is there something I can do to help?" Here is a short list of ideas. Certainly you can add your ideas or additions at the end:


1) Sign the MADE petition to get dating violence curriculum in schools. Go to http://www.loveisnotabuse.com/made


2) Find out more about domestic violence. Go to http://www.clicktoempower.org/  and see the stories of survivors and what made the difference for them.


3) Go to http://www.etsy.com/listing/57724099/hotline-necklace or http://www.etsy.com/listing/57722070/hotline-earrings?ref=v1_other_2 and support the National Domestic Violence Hotline by purchasing these pieces by Sueanne Shirzay.


4) Learn about how domestic violence impacts your workplace by visiting http://www.caepv.org/.


5) Remember the National Domestic Violence Hotline Number: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or http://www.thehotline.org/. You can call to help others or yourself.


6) Donate your old cell phone (any brand) at any Verizon Wireless store or use free mailing label www.verizonwireless.com/hopelinemailinglabel. Or if you are a Verizon Wireless customer text "HOPE" to 41010 to make a one time, $10 donation to the National Network to End Domestic Violence.


7) Learn to talk to your kids about healthy relationships by downloading tip booklets from http://www.loveisnotabuse.com/.


8) Try to understand what happens in DV and how it impacts people. Check out http://www.domesticviolenceworkplace.blogspot.com/. And comment!


9) Don't ask "Why would that victim go back?" ask "Why would a person hit or abuse someone they love?"


10) Be safe, healthy and happy in your own relationships. Because you matter. And you deserve it. And you are very, very precious.

7 comments:

KWG said...

Thank you, Kim! I'm paying your list forward in my post as well.

Domestic violence does not discriminate. We should give our children and each other constant moral reminders that no one deserves abuse.

No one.

Kim Wells said...

Thank you Kevin! Wonderfully said. And the link to your thoughtful blogpost is http://getofftheground.blogspot.com/2010/10/domestic-violence-awareness-month-get.html

Kim Lampe said...

Great list. Thank you for sharing.

Kim Wells said...

Kim - thank you for your comment! Feel free to pass the list along.

Maggie said...

Great list. As someone currently in an abusive marriage, I draw tentative hope from resources like yours.

Kim Wells said...

Maggie - thank you for your post and for reaching out. Please always know that the National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7 if you are in a place to safely contact them at 1-800-799-7233. And please be safe online. And take care. Because you deserve to be safe and secure and loved.

makethem said...

Kim,
We are “Make Them Fly” four Temple students that for our Entrepreneurial Marketing class choose to raise awareness and Money for "A Woman's Place" organization in Doylestown PA. I'm so happy to come across your blog and read all the interesting information you have. I'm so glad that today there is more and more people trying to help those that have lost everything including their souls.
Great List.