October 27, 2023
By Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (DSVS) Staff
Domestic violence is a pervasive problem affecting all classes, genders, ages, religions, and races. As we observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) in October, it is crucial to recognize the pressing need for awareness, prevention, and support for survivors. We must work together to promote safe and healthy environments for everyone. Over 30% of Montanans will experience violence from their intimate partner in their lifetime. It is time to take action and end the cycle of abuse.
In honor of DVAM, Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (DSVS) invites you all to join in on our #1Thing campaign. We urge you to take a moment to reflect on what one thing you can do as an individual to help prevent domestic violence not just during this month, but year-round. It could be as simple as educating yourself and others about the signs of abuse, supporting local organizations that provide resources to survivors, or speaking out against harmful stereotypes.
We must also recognize that domestic violence disproportionately affects marginalized communities, including women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and those with disabilities. Systemic inequalities pose additional barriers for individuals to access resources and support. We believe in the power of acknowledging and addressing systemic inequalities to create a more equitable and just society. Organizations like WFM aim to do just that through strategic grantmaking, policy change advocacy, and initiatives that support women and girls. DSVS is honored to work alongside WFM and other anti-violence organizations to prioritize systemic change.
By taking action and supporting survivors of domestic violence with your #1Thing, we can create a world where everyone feels safe and valued. Let us all do our part to end domestic violence and promote healthy relationships based on respect, equality, and love.