Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Domestic Violence is NOT a Taboo subject..

Come on Girls... I know many of you are thinking that this is just one subject that no one talks about openly. Well that needs to change and it can start with us.

Did you know that Domestic Violence touches millions and  more than seven out of 10 Americans know someone who is or has been a victim – but somehow it still remains a taboo subject. This is really sad and we should be better than that and help each other.

I bet you are wondering where this post is coming from, maybe not but I will tell you anyway. The Allstate Foundation and TwitterMoms have teamed up to raise awareness of domestic violence. The Allstate Foundation is asking everyone to Tell a Gal Pal about domestic violence so we can face the issue together during October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month – and beyond. Taaa Daaa now you know.

This is a subject near to my heart as I personally know more than a handful of women who are survivors of Domestic Violence. To some it was verbal abuse, some it was mental abuse, and to a few it was worse and became physical abuse. The truth is that this could happen to anyone of us.



Together Let's look at some facts about Domestic Violence..

The Startling Facts


Each day in the U.S., 3 women die as a result of domestic violence.

More than 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. 

Nearly 3 out of 4 Americans know someone who is or has been a victim.

Only 54 percent of Americans have talked to a friend about domestic violence, and only 56 percent would know what to do to help a victim of domestic violence.

This is real and this is something that will not "just go away" if you do not talk about it.
You are probably thinking or should be thinking How can I help. I am only one person. The truth is there are lots of ways to help that are very easy to do.
 
Tell a Gal Pal to:


Talk openly about domestic violence. Tell your Gal Pals – whether it’s your best friend, sister, mother, daughter, niece, cousin or neighbor – to face domestic violence, share their opinions and experiences and show support for survivors.

Speak out against domestic violence when you see it. Call the police or National Domestic Violence Hot line to report domestic violence in your community – you could help save a life.

Visit ClickToEmpower.org for easy ways start the conversation, check out resources for survivors or read inspirational survivor stories.

You can also show your support for domestic violence survivors by volunteering at or donating items to your local domestic violence shelter. Contact your state domestic violence coalition for more information. Click HERE for a complete list of state coalitions.

Another thing you can do is this:

Pledge to Tell a Gal Pal and Help Raise Money to Support Domestic Violence Survivors  You can do this by joining the Tell a Gal Pal movement on facebook and encouraging all your Gal Pals to do the same to help raise money to support domestic violence survivors.

For each person who “likes” Click To Empower FaceBook Page, The Allstate Foundation will donate $1 to the National Network to End Domestic Violence (up to $20,000). Click HERE to go to the Facebook page.


The Allstate Foundation will donate another $1 if you take the pledge to Tell a Gal Pal about domestic violence. As part of the pledge, your photo will be added to the “Faces of Support” gallery to show survivors that they aren’t facing domestic violence alone.


The last way that you can help is to grab the widget which is at the top of my sidebar and install it on your own blog or facebook page to help spread the word.
 
I wrote this blog post while participating in The Allstate Foundation’s Tell a Gal Pal blogging program with TwitterMoms, making me eligible to get an interview with Cheryl Burke. For more information on how you can participate, click here

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