It’s Everyone’s Business to Prevent Domestic and Sexual Violence
Every 15 seconds a woman is abused and every
two minutes someone is sexual assaulted in America. It is the most
under-reported phenomenon in our society. Let
us all do our part to address the problem of domestic violence and not tolerate
violence or abuse in any form. Domestic violence not only affects the victims
of the abuse, it affects the entire community.
Make a pledge to be a part of the solution to end domestic and sexual violence.
Never commit, condone or stay silent about an act of violence or abuse
Educate myself as well as my friends, family and children about healthy relationships
Act with, and promote, equality and respect for others in all areas of my life
Engage in courageous conversations with others about the issues of, and solutions to, domestic and sexual violence
Speak out if I hear statements that reflect attitudes or see behaviors that degrade women and promote a culture of violence
Think about how I define manhood and consider what messages about manhood I want to pass on to others
Think about how I define femininity and consider what message I want to pass on it others
Teach the boys and young men in my life to respect women and that strength is not defined by violence or domination
Work to assure equal opportunities for girls and young women in my community.
Further my knowledge and understanding of domestic and sexual violence by attending a local educational seminar
Encourage the institutions I am involved in to adopt policies and practices that support healthy community norms and a violence free community
Support or donate to a program that helps repair the damage of domestic or sexual violence
Rape and Abuse Crisis Center holds Summit to Prevent Domestic and Sexual Violence with community leaders
FM Business Leaders video
The Importance of Public Policy in Primary Prevention “From Kools to Cancer Sticks: How Quality Prevention Changed Tobacco Norms,” video by Larry Cohen, Executive Director, Prevention
Changing Norms to Prevent Violence Against Women This presentation introduces the key role of changing social norms to develop effective primary prevention efforts. It was adapted from the Prevention Connection Web Conference “Toward a Community Solution: Advancing Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women” held on November 30, 2006.