There are many ways you can get involved.
If someone you care about is in an abusive relationship, you can help them stay safe. Click here to learn more.
If you are a survivor, you can tell your story. Every time someone breaks their silence and shares their story, awareness is raised. People are educated. They become motivated to do something. Your experiences, especially once you have moved from victim to survivor, make you an expert worthy of helping others who are in or recently out of abusive situations. This can be done in women’s shelters, at support groups, or on an emergency basis, such as when a victim is in the emergency department or the police have been called.
Other ways to get involved:
- Find a credible foundation or local women’s shelter and ask them how you can help. Aside from donating money (a tax write-off), you can donate time. Perhaps there is an event you can help with or maybe a victim needs transportation to a doctor or support at court hearings. Another idea is donating expertise, such legal help, education assistance, counseling, fund raising, event planning, advertising, etc.
- Other items that can be donated include cell phones (old cell phones with no service can be used to make 911 calls), clothes, toys, nonperishable food. Again, find a local shelter and ask what they can use. Some have thrift stores you can donate to or work at.
- If you plan events, hire a speaker who can educate your group about domestic violence. (Click here to invite me to speak.)
- If you’re a school administrator, principle, or teacher, bring someone in to educate the youth about dating violence and unhealthy relationships.
- Become politically educated so you can vote for lawmakers who fight against domestic violence. You can also call/write lawmakers and let them know this is an area important to their constituents.