Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Driving the other day I spotted this note spray painted near an overpass by my house which reminded me that October is National Domestic Violence awareness month. DV is a cause that is close to my heart. I was a victim of dating violence in the past, a fact I don't often share because it is not a time in my life I like to remember and feels so far away from where I am now. But I feel it is important to share these things about ourselves to help release the burden of shame that no victim should own in the first place. It is also the most important step in not allowing the cycle of violence to continue. Silence only protects the violence and nothing else. I later went on to be a family advocate, the director of a Domestic Violence shelter and then child abuse prevention work. The stories I could share are heartbreaking and too often there are children involved. I still think about about many of those stories and the people today. I firmly believe that peace begins in our own homes. Both being peaceful and being violent are learned behaviors. In order to have a more peaceful world we certainly can't tolerate violence behind closed doors. Last year I wrote more information on DV with information for victims as well as their support systems. You can find that post here.
If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments or email me privately.