Domestic Violence Awareness Month

10/11/2018
CHA's Victim Resource Center is staffed with Victim Services Specialists experienced in trauma, victimization, victim advocacy and the criminal justice system.

By Sarah Keyes, LICSW, Victim Services Specialist, Victim Resource Center

Domestic violence impacts millions of people each year, but it can be prevented. It requires the collective voice and power of individuals, families, institutions, and systems – each whose “one thing” adds a valuable and powerful component to transforming communities. Many people care and understand that domestic violence is a serious public health problem, but don't take action. They want to do something but believe their actions can't make a difference, but imagine if 7.4 billion individuals each commit to doing one thing – this collective action could create real social transformation.

What's your #1Thing?

  • Donate your time or money to support your local domestic violence program.
  • Contact your elected representatives to let them know why federal programs such as the Violence Against Women Act, Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, and the Victims of Crime Act are important for survivors.
  • Use your voice and speak up the next time you see or hear a microaggression.
  • Hold your loved ones accountable when they tell a racist or sexist joke.
  • Federal, state, and local elections are all important, so please vote!
  • Offer support and stability to a child experiencing domestic violence. Simply being there can make a difference in the child's life.
  • Engage in regular self-care to promote your long-term sustainability in the movement.
  • Tell someone they matter.
  • Support women and people of color owned businesses.

The possibilities are endless, and each of these individual actions has value as we work together to create the world we want to live in. Once you've committed to your #1Thing, be sure to share it loudly and proudly—your #1Thing might inspire your friends and family to join you in taking action to end domestic violence!

For more information about CHA's Victim Resource Center, please call 617-665-2992 or click here. The Center's Victim Services Specialists are experienced in the areas of trauma, victimization, victim advocacy and the criminal justice system. They work directly with victims to help them access community resources, medical services and the courts. Services are always confidential and are provided at no cost.

Cambridge Health Alliance

Contributed By: Cambridge Health Alliance

Cambridge Health Alliance is an academic community health care system committed to serving all members of our communities. We have expertise in primary care, mental health and substance abuse, and caring for diverse and complex populations. CHA patients receive high quality care in convenient neighborhood locations, and have seamless access to advanced care through CHA’s affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. With over 140,000 patients in Cambridge, Somerville Everett and Boston’s Metro North, CHA is working hard to offer the integrated services its communities need now, and in the future.