What Are You Doing to Bring Awareness to Domestic Violence Prevention?

October is a great month to find worthwhile causes to support.  You’ve got:

  • Dwarfism Awareness Month
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Arts and Humanities Month
  • Fair Trade Month

And then there’s the cause which I choose to support:  Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Domestic violence is one of those things that people don’t like to talk about, despite the fact that everyone knows it happens…at an alarmingly frequent rate.

Here in Alabama, 14% of the homicides in 2010 were domestic homicides.  That number is entirely too high.  There are 67 counties in Alabama and only 18 domestic violence shelters, with Alabama ranking 2nd in the nation for women killed by men in domestic violence cases.

Domestic violence is a complicated thing.  It is not simply a matter of, “Why doesn’t she/he leave if they’re being abused?”  It doesn’t just involve women being abused, it doesn’t just involve physical violence, it doesn’t just involve one race.  It crosses all boundaries and it’s far past time for people to work to end it.

The Allstate Foundation and the YWCA are working on a brand new project called Purple Purse, launching on October 10th.  This month, in seven cities across the nation, tweet-ups will be held to launch the Purple Purse campaign.  For each attendee, Allstate will donate $100 per person {up to 100 people per event} toward the domestic violence awareness cause.

Many other organizations are sponsoring wonderful fundraisers and education events.  Maybe attending events or making donations are not really your style.  That’s OK, volunteer your time instead.  Give gently used clothing to shelters.  There are so many ways you can help!

Please join Sweet Phenomena in raising awareness about this problem and empowering women {and men} to leave behind the mentality of being a victim.

It takes extreme courage to bring yourself out of a situation involving domestic violence.  Please educate yourself on how to recognize the warning signs and how to help others who might be in that situation.