For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we’ve made four new videos sharing information about domestic violence and its connection to family homelessness. Starting today and continuing each Thursday through Oct. 29, we’ll post a new video here on our blog and also on our Facebook page. We invite you to share these videos with your social networks, explore further resources, and take action to end domestic violence.
- The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse website features information about economic abuse, conversation starters you can use if someone you know may be experiencing domestic violence, and an interactive experience that can help you understand why a victim might not “just leave” an abusive partner.
- The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence has useful resources, including general information about domestic violence, statistics about domestic violence in our state, and activity cards you can use to start conversations about healthy relationships.
- As part of its annual Week Without Violence campaign, the YWCA has posted domestic violence facts and infographics, and will share blog posts on Huffington Post Oct. 19-23.
- The National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence has a variety of diagrams that explain tactics abusers use to gain power and control over their partners.
Watch this video to learn how abusers often socially isolate their partners:
Listen to StoryCorps “Finding Our Way” conversations in which domestic violence survivors talk about their experiences with homelessness. In one of these stories, Jordan Hedgecock describes the moment she decided she could no longer stay in an abusive relationship:
Watch Naomi explain how her partner used emotional and economic abuse to trap her in their relationship:
- Share these videos and other resources on social media, and use the hashtag #EndDVNow.
- Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) if you’re concerned about someone’s safety, or to find domestic violence services in your area.
- Ask your state lawmakers to support paid sick and safe leave. Sending a message to your legislators takes just a few moments using this form.
- If you live in King County, vote for Best Starts for Kids by Nov. 3. A portion of the levy will go toward preventing domestic violence and homelessness.
- Take the Purple Purse Challenge to support a participating Washington YWCA: YWCA of Kitsap County, YWCA Clark County, YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish, YWCA Spokane, or YWCA Yakima.