Most people are shocked when they hear people openly talking about domestic violence. They act as if the person is abusing them in some way and they instantly get uncomfortable and want to change or end the conservation. However today I’m here to make people come out of their comfort zones because nobody should condone abuse. It is beyond ridiculous how many people ignore domestic violence like it is contagious. People often think that if they get involved in an issue such as domestic violence, others may judge them and assume that the person talking about it has been abused.
But who cares? We have to let go of judgment and educate those who may be ignorant of the severity of domestic violence. We need to start moving as a unit and not as an individual so that we can make a more significant impact in our communities, schools, families, and homes. We must stop relying on others to educate or bring awareness of domestic violence. When you are fully capable of doing it yourself and if you see that there is a need for education and sensitivity about domestic violence in your community, your child’s school or even in your home – do something about it! In fact, do whatever it takes to ensure that you help safeguard a better future for future generations.
If you don’t know where to start the process of initiating action about domestic violence, here are a few helpful hints:
1. The first thing I need you to do is to begin to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. As you generate awareness, you are going to hear and see things that you could never imagine, interact with defective people, and maybe even get rejected by a few. Don’t take anything personally though.
2. Run a Google search for a local organization to partner with that deals with domestic violence. Make sure you check the type of programs or services the group offers to ensure you can accomplish your goal of education.
3. Educate yourself or update your knowledge about domestic violence. Ensure that you go deeper than just reading about what domestic violence means. Try to develop a deep understanding of domestic violence, the victims, the behaviors of the abused and the abusers, its types, its impact, the history, and finally the healing process.
4. Go to a domestic violence shelter and talk to victims. Try to get a better understanding of what they are going through so that you can understand what the fight is about.
These are just a few things to help you get started on the journey of domestic violence awareness and education. If want we want to have a fighting chance against eliminating domestic violence, we have to tackle the issue as a unit. Are you with me? But it does not end here – I need a favor from all my awesome readers. I understand, and I hope you also agree that not everybody learns the same way and that we all process information differently. So I’m reaching out to you – my community – for help because I want all of us to grow together. So if you have any advice that you believe can help someone or have useful information to add, please do let us know in the comments section because each one of us is a teacher and an educator!