Take A Stand is a call to action meant to bring attention to the issue of domestic violence during October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and throughout the year. By taking a stand we intend to remind the nation that there are still countless people impacted by domestic violence – from victims and survivors, to their children and families, their friends and family, their communities.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors used by one intimate partner against another to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Adult and adolescent relationships that are affected by physical, sexual, economic coercion and psychological attacks are examples of domestic violence.
A range of tactics are used to:
- Injure and even kill a current or former intimate partner
Does your partner ever….
- Insult, demean or embarrass you with put-downs?
- Control what you do, who you talk to or where you go?
- Look at you or act in ways that scare you?
- Push you, slap you, choke you or hit you?
- Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?
- Control the money in the relationship?
- Make all of the decisions without your input or consideration of your needs?
- Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away your children?
- And more
If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions, you may be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship. SAFETY ALERT: If you are in danger call 911. Or reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224. REVIEW THESE SAFETY TIPS.
How Can You Help?
It might not always be apparent to an outsider that abuse is taking place within a relationship. Learn about what the signs of abuse are – all of us should not stop until society has zero tolerance for domestic violence and until all victims and survivors can be heard.
Find key tips to help people of any age understand how to prevent and end domestic violence:
- Thirteen Ways Any ADULT Can Make Ending Domestic Violence His or Her Business
- Thirteen Ways Any HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT Can Make Ending Domestic Violence His or Her Business
- Ten Ways Any MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT Can Make Ending Domestic Violence His or Her Business