Domestic Violence Awareness Month Tip #11 – Promote Awareness
Ask your local library, supermarket, chain restaurants, department stores, houses of worship, etc. if you can regularly supply them with material from national and local domestic violence programs (they’ll give you all you want) to display by cash registers and leave around for women to quietly put into their pocketbook. Great group project!
Do you operate a beauty or nail salon, spa or a business that caters primarily to women? Follow the lead of Cut it Out, a national organization of hairdressers whose participating salon employees learn how to recognize the signs of domestic abuse in their clients and discreetly refer them to local resources. They’d be happy to offer you resources.
Other simple things you can do to promote awareness: Wear an appropriate T-shirt, sweatshirt, bracelet, purple ribbon or an item with the logo of a domestic violence organization. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (www.ncadv.org) sells clothing, posters and items that educate. The Clothesline Project features T-shirts decorated by survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault (and their families) to raise awareness of the issue and promote healing. Bring a Clothesline display to your neighborhood or organize a Clothesline session in your community.