Domestic violence will affect many of us — men, women and children alike. Nobody is immune, regardless of our sex, financial status, color or religious affiliation.
Although women are the primary targets of abuse, men and children are victims too. EmpowHER has spoken to many partners and husbands who have felt the wrath of a woman’s anger.
Children are automatically affected by domestic violence and, often tragically, have no voice at all. There are ways to work against violence in the home — practical, hands-on ways that the whole family can implement.
Here are a few to consider.
When I got married and we had double the furniture, I donated the contents of my home to a domestic violence shelter. My furniture was nice but not expensive, and appliances like coffee machines, toasters, TVs and cookware were things needed for any woman starting new life away from her abuser.
My furniture went directly to a survivor of domestic violence who had gotten out with her children and started fresh with a new but empty apartment. It wasn’t a huge sacrifice for me and it felt good to help a new family start a new life.
Call a domestic violence shelter near you and ask if they need anything. It will go directly to a survivor and his/her children who need it.
Money can always be used and so can donations like toiletries (including sanitary products), new unwrapped underwear and socks, clean stuffed animals, and unused makeup and hair products.
A nice suit for job interviews can help someone look good when applying for work. Staff could use cleaning products, gift cards and baked goods.
The Pixel Project is an online, global volunteer organization to end domestic violence. It's launched a "16 for 16" campaign, suggesting 16 things we can do in 16 days.
Ideas including meal donations, training to work on phone hotlines and volunteering once trained, or offering childcare to children in the shelter.
Women in shelters have a very hard time working, applying for jobs or meeting with attorneys and advocates, because they have no childcare.