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How To Advocate For Safety For Domestic Violence Survivors

How To Advocate For Safety For Domestic Violence Survivors

Refinery29
By Kimberly Truong
October 17, 2017

Excerpt Below:

Domestic violence can manifest in different ways, but what always remains clear is how important it is to help — and believe — survivors.

On Tuesday, the National Network To End Domestic Violence hosted a chat on Twitter, centered around the ways that we can advocate for the safety of survivors. NNEDV’s hashtag, #Safety4Survivors began trending as people tweeted the ways in which we can address the specific challenges that survivors of domestic violence face.

The Twitter hashtag was a part of NNEDV’s Week of Action (in honor of National Domestic Violence Month), which is broken down into seven days’ worth of actionable items that people can do in order to fight against domestic violence.

Domestic violence, of course, may not always be physical — as Rachel Goldsmith, LCSW-R, associate vice president for the Domestic Violence Shelter Programs at Safe Horizon told us, “A person can try to take power or control over another person in a lot of different ways that aren’t physical, and still could be controlling that individual.“< As such, it's important to remember that it can be difficult for survivors to ask for help — but it's on all of us to keep them safe. Read the original article here.