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What is your #1Thing?

#1Thing

“Change can start with only #1Thing. One person’s actions may seem insignificant, but together a communities’ collective “#1Things” can lead to real social transformation.” –Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP)

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For this month’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, DVAP launched the #1Thingmovement in order to highlight how one thing can raise awareness or change someone’s life regarding domestic violence. This social media movement has national reach—domestic violence shelters began posting about #1Thing in September, but other organizations, survivors, and supporters are spreading the message.

Screen Shot 2019-10-12 at 17.14.29Looking at the countless posts on social media in the first half of October, one sees that the movement is not just about how everyone can do just one thing, but that there are so many different things you can do to address domestic violence. Whether it is promoting awareness about domestic violence, how to actively help survivors, or providing information to help someone better understand different dynamics of domestic violence, there are many things that you can do in order to help stop domestic violence.

 

We asked our staff what their #1Thing is:

“#1Thing I/you can do to support survivors is be an active bystander

“#1Thing I/you can do to prevent domestic violence is advocate for those who have been silenced.”

–Christine

 “#1Thing I want everyone to know about domestic violence is that it cuts across race, gender, socio-economic status, sexual orientation etc. Male victims rarely report abuse for fear of judgement.”

–Sarah

“#1Thing I want everyone to know about domestic violence is that it doesn’t discriminate; it can affect any gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic background, etc.”

–Megan

“#1Thing I/you can do to prevent domestic violence is do not ignore red flags, see them, and move on.”

–Charisma

“One thing I want everyone to know about domestic violence is that it is closer to home than people probably realize. Not for a second did I ever think my friends or family had gone through DV until I started working for Tri-Valley Haven’s Domestic Violence Department and they opened up about their own experiences to me.  There are resources available and people willing to listen. You’re never alone.”

–Alyssa

“The #1 thing I can do to support survivors is to support them, believe them, and make time for them to tell their story and really listen to it when they do.”

“The #1 thing I can do to prevent domestic violence is to support agencies and legislation that put women’s issues, needs, and rights at the forefront of the national agenda and to never let our rights get rolled back on my watch.”

–Carolyn

 “#1Thing you can do to prevent domestic violence is continue to advocate for those who struggle to advocate for themselves and make time because healing takes time.”

–Kelly

You can also see others’ posts by searching for the #1Thing hashtag, or you can join this movement by posting your #1Thing on Twitter, Instagram, or any social media that you use during this year’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month. But make sure that you bring it beyond social media and apply your #1Thing (or any that you see) to your life, because that is how we can make change.

What is your #1Thing? Write in the comments, or tag us in your posts!

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