How to Prevent Domestic Violence and Abuse

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Prevent Domestic Violence and Abuse
Prevent Domestic Violence and Abuse

How to Prevent Domestic Violence and Abuse. Domestic abuse is a prevalent issue in our communities and is a global problem that can affect all ages, races, genders, ethnicities and religions. A good way to help stop or prevent the cycle of violence/abuse is through education, especially among children and teens. There is an abundance of information and resources if you want to understand and learn about domestic violence. This article will provide some information and advice on this very important subject.

Education is key if we are to try and stop or prevent the cycle of violence that is often seen in abusive relationships or situations. The Internet is a very useful resource and a good place to start to research this topic. Using the local library and reading up on this topic will be another useful resource.

Domestic Abuse/Violence seminars and/or events are other ways to help educate people and communities about this problem. It will empower people with knowledge and the tools/skills to address and tackle an abusive or violent abuser or relationship.

Domestic Abuse/Violence fundraisers are often organized by nonprofit organizations and charities to raise funds to provide resources and materials for shelters, food, clothing and legal aid for the victims and families affected by domestic abuse. Try to attend or even organize a fundraiser with these goals and missions in mind.

Be involved with your local community and volunteer your time and energy to help. For example, join local charities and nonprofits and donate your time to help out or donate/sponsor items that you don't want or need anymore such as clothing and toys. Volunteer to work a few hours on the many domestic abuse hotlines online sites.

Reach out to support someone you believe is a victim of domestic violence and/or talk with a person you suspect is being abusive.

Help others become informed by inviting speakers to your house of worship, professional organization, civic group or workplace.

Support domestic violence counseling programs and shelters. Be an advocate for domestic violence.

Call the police if you see or hear evidence of domestic violence.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are a victim or know someone who is in an abusive relationship, the most important issue to address is SAFETY. Every individual in an abusive relationship needs a safety plan. Shelters and crisis counselors have been urging safety plans for years, and police departments, victim services, hospitals and courts have adopted this strategy.
  • If you are in an abusive relationship, pack a survival kit to include money, clothes, keys, copies of IDs and important documents.
  • It is important to memorize telephone numbers of the domestic violence hotlines.
  • The DASH Foundation (Domestic Abuse Stops Here) with its mission to stop or prevent domestic abuse by implementing educational programs in public schools is a great starting point for teenagers (see Resources below).
  • NEVER ALLOW anyone to take away your power. ABUSE in any form is NEVER ACCEPTABLE!
  • Avoid arguments with the abuser in areas with potential weapons.

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