17 Days / 17 Ways to Take a Stand Against Intimate Partner Abuse

From October 1-17, we will be sharing ways you can take a stand against intimate partner abuse. On October 1, we will launch the 17 Days / 17 Ways campaign to Take a Stand Against Intimate Partner Abuse.  The awareness campaign is part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, recognized annually in October. Each day we […]

Day 1: Change your profile pics

The first way to help end intimate partner abuse during Domestic Violence Awareness Month is easy. Change your profile pics to show you stand against intimate partner abuse. You’ll find eight different profile pic options  in the slideshow below this post. We’ve created a pink version of each option because October is also Breast Cancer […]

Day 2: Participate in Events that Support Survivors

Isolation is one of the most common tactics used by abusers to maintain power and control. Although some survivors have a strong support system, many are navigating their journeys toward safety and healing alone. “My friends supported me for the first months, but then they just didn’t want to talk about it anymore.” “We moved […]

Day 3: Speak Up When Someone Victim Blames

We’ve probably all heard friends and family say things like these before. Maybe you’ve even said one of the statements: “She went back, so now it’s on her.” “I wonder what he did to provoke it?” “She knew he had a short fuse when they got married.” Speak out when you hear someone using victim-blaming […]

Day 4: Protect Family Pets, Too

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports more than 40% of victims stayed with their abusers because of concerns for the safety of animal companions. And more than two-thirds of survivors with animal companions say their abusers harmed family pets for revenge or emotional control. With the support of RedRover, a national organization committed to […]

Day 5: Reach Out to Someone

Today’s way to take a stand against intimate partner abuse is important and difficult. Reaching out to someone who you think is being abused by an intimate partner can be scary. What if I’m wrong? What if my friend is offended by me asking? What if I make things worse? Although all of these are […]

Day 6: Think About How You Would Respond

You hear yelling coming from the apartment upstairs again. It sounds like someone just hit a wall. What do you do? We all know how to react if we witness a crime and take action if we witness a car accident or robbery. We call 911 and make sure everyone’s ok. Studies show most people […]

Day 7: Volunteer Your Time and Talents

When you volunteer your time and talents to support survivors of intimate partner abuse, your actions send a strong message. You are worthy. You are important. You deserve to be cared about. Your safety and healing matters. Volunteer service benefits those who are helping, too. A report from Harvard Health Publications finds adults who volunteers […]

Day 8: Let’s Talk About Intimate Partner Abuse in the LGBTQ Community

Intimate partner abuse is a pattern of behavior in which the thoughts, beliefs and conduct of an intimate partner are controlled through physical, emotional, sexual and/or economic violence. It occurs in every community, including the LGBTQ community. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey published by Center for Disease Control and Prevention finds LGBTQ […]

Day 9: Talk to Young People About Healthy Relationships

Dating relationships, even healthy ones, are complex at any age. Do I trust my dating partner? Do I feel supported? Do we respect each other? These questions are especially important for teens in dating relationships to consider. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse […]