We enter into another October, another National Domestic Violence Awareness Month with hope and wonder about when it will all end.
Since the inception of this blog, devoted to SOS=Searching Out Solutions for victims of violence, we've seen news reports about new victims on a daily basis, some battered, some missing, and some murdered.
As long as there are those wounded by family violence, we have a long way to go to decrease the risk of harm and lethality.
The creation of this blog in 2009 was inspired by the title of the book, Time's Up! by the late Susan Murphy-Milano, but not only is it a forum for the complicated aspects of intimate partner violence, but all victims of violence.
Over the years we've been privileged to have hundreds and hundreds of informative posts from writers on a variety of topics, but with one thing in common, a desire to see positive changes in the way we deal with violence.
Realizing that change comes slowly, advocates across the country are not backing down from seeing those changes take place. Perhaps we can be of service by greasing the wheels, voting, or aligning ourselves with those in positions of power who can make it happen, sooner and not later.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2014
- Let's continue to unite our efforts to stop the bleeding.
- Let's continue to speak out through this blog, continue to write about truthful controversy, help to pull in a wider audience who needs to learn, or those who have their own wisdom to impart.
- Let's push to engage more conversations about a subject that's often heated, one which has historically been divided on many lines.
- Let's cross those lines, again and again, until there are no more victims who have to live in fear for themselves and their children.
- Let's unite as individuals and organizations moving towards a brighter future so that our children and grandchildren can make better informed choices and can learn to recognize what a healthy relationship looks like.
- Let's get serious about looking at more innovative measures to keep victims safe as they choose to leave abusive relationships, and thoroughly give credence to changes within our justice system to allow for better litigation of high risk cases. Simple tools can save BILLIONS and "check the box" safety planning is just not working!
- Let's put our children and their futures first when asking the courts for rulings based on fact, not innuendo.
We've invited several writers, some you will be familiar with if you've been following this blog, others new to the site. We hope that you will become a loyal reader, help share the posts, and encourage friendly dialogue throughout October and beyond!
Domestic Violence Awareness MUST be more than one month per year, after all, it occurs every day.