Domestic Violence Survivors Need Our Support
“Alone, we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”
― Helen Keller
The nature of 2020 lends a sense of displacement for just about everyone. Suddenly, home is more important than ever, and domestic violence victims face a unique set of challenges during the Pandemic.
The world statistics don’t look good, showing domestic violence on the rise due to lockdown orders, economic stress, and increased mental health issues brought on by COVID-19 — while also limiting access to social support that might mitigate abuse.
This topic hits home for many, and Domestic Violence Awareness month is nothing to celebrate because, let’s be honest — this shit shouldn’t be happening in the first place. No one deserves to be victimized — no one. Unfortunately, that is not the world we live in, so we here to give voice to those who are suffering at the hands of an abuser and share resource centers that Halle herself has held relationships with for years, showing her own passion and support for domestic violence victims.
So what can you do? Stand together to support those you know and love, driving them towards organizations that can offer support, just like Halle, and keep the conversation going so that domestic violence victims feel less alone and get the support they need to make steps towards a safer life.
Below are organizations that provide essential support to survivors – read on and be a part of the solution.
Jenesse Center is an organization that has spent over 40 years providing essential, life-saving services to domestic violence survivors. Based in Los Angeles, CA, they work nationally to ensure women, men, and children have the right to peace and safety in their homes. They provide emergency shelter, mental health counseling, life skills, classes, and after school programs for kids. They also offer psychoeducation to people of all ages on what healthy relationships look like. To support this essential organization, you can visit their website here.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is an organization dedicated to providing 24/7 support to those experiencing domestic violence. Fielding phone calls and facilitating web-based chats with survivors, they work tirelessly to provide emotional support, psycho-education, and resources. They also offer resources on their website, covering topics from how to intervene when witnessing domestic violence to determine what to do when a family member abuses their partner. Send some support their way today.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) works to dismantle our society’s conditions that support domestic violence: patriarchy, privilege, racism, sexism, and classism. Envisioning a world where all are free from the ethers of domestic violence, they work on a national level through public policy, an annual conference, and monthly advocacy webinars. To learn more and to support their work, click here.