Speak Up For Change: How I See DV

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this is one of a series of posts highlighting ways that victims and perpetrators of domestic violence can stop the cycle by becoming self-reliant.


The National Domestic Violence Hotline has been helping victims escape a violent home situation, and find a new life, for almost 20 years.

By calling the toll-free hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visiting, those that need help and guidance are able to find advocacy, safety planning, resources and hope 24/7 for free.

These are the steps that create self-reliance and stop the cycle of abuse.


For the month of October, the Hotline is promoting their How I See DV campaign. Their hope is that we can remove the veil of shame and secrecy by encouraging everyone to speak up when they see the effects of domestic violence in their communities.

You can spark change by getting involved and being social… by talking about the issue and using the hashtag #SeeDV on Facebook and Twitter.

As many as one in four women, and one in seven men, will experience some form of abuse during their lifetimes. That means if you’re a woman having a coffee with three female friends, chances are that one of you has been, or will be, abused. And that directly affects everyone in your group.


With domestic violence (DV) affecting such a large percentage of Americans, why don’t we talk about this issue more? Why don’t we discuss relationship health with our friends and family?

To spark change, we have to talk openly and acknowledge how domestic abuse affects our communities, our families and our lives. We have to be brave. We have to See DV.

There is only one way to end domestic violence — together. October is a chance for a national discussion about an issue that has claimed too many lives and must be addressed. Join us for Domestic Violence Awareness Month to raise awareness of abuse, one story, one statement, one survivor at a time.

Your turn: Tell us how you see domestic violence! This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we’re inviting everyone to speak up. Tell us about a time when you saw domestic violence firsthand. Tell us about the effects of DV. Tell us why it is important to you to speak up now.

Discover all the ways you can make a difference, even in a small way, at


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