How You Can Speak Up During Domestic Violence Awareness Month
There’s a famous quote that was conceived during The Holocaust that ends with, “then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
It’s a statement that silently resonates with so many of us, who, at some point in our lives, have shied away from speaking up for someone or speaking out against something that was morally wrong.
And who have also experienced what it has felt like to be the person who, clouded by doubt, fear, or loneliness, has been cornered into believing that he/she has no support system.
That’s why awareness efforts are so important.
As everyone becomes hyperaware of the many issues concerning our country due to the coming election, we’d like to speak up on behalf of so many silent Americans by taking the time to acknowledge that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
This month, one way we can all support those who are suffering in silence is through Safe Horizon’s #PutTheNailInIt campaign.
Safe Horizon is the nation’s leading victim assistance organization. Their #PutTheNailInIt campaign encourages men, women and children to take the vow to end domestic violence and can be supported in three easy steps.
The steps are as follows:
- Donate to Safe Horizon to support services that help victims become survivors.
- Paint your left ring fingernail purple — the color of the anti-domestic violence movement — to signify your vow against domestic violence and that you donated.
- Share your vow with the world on social media with the hashtag #PutTheNailinIt.
To emphasize the impact of your support, every single day women, children and families seek Safe Horizon to help them find safety, a place to lay their heads at night and/or for support after leaving a domestic violence setting. Safe Horizon launched the #PutTheNailinIt campaign to spark a national conversation around domestic violence so that victims of abuse may know they are supported.
“Domestic violence has no place in our society. We shouldn’t have to wait until there is a famous case in the news or a fatal incident to let victims know there is support available,” said Safe Horizon CEO Ariel Zwang.
Domestic violence thrives in environments that become nurtured by silence. Let us speak up by supporting the organizations that help to shatter that silence.
View below the PSA featuring NBC’s and Investigation Discovery’s, Tamron Hall.
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