What does awareness do? What is its purpose? The point of awareness is to bring attention to an important topic. While October is famously #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth, it is also #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth.
I have close personal experience with both, but I can’t shake the feeling that domestic violence is flying under the radar. Especially within in the church.
There are many signs of abuse in relationships, but what do you do once you’re in one and have nowhere to go? This is where everyone’s supposed to band together and help.
Well, how can we help?
1. Create awareness. You now know that October is domestic violence awareness month even if you didn’t before and that’s because of this post. I’ve created awareness. Pass it on. Spread the word. Share it.
2. Pray. Pray. Pray. We have no strength, no wisdom, no power, no anything without God. Let Him know your petitions. Tell Him what you care about. He cares about us.
3. Act. Educate yourself so you know the signs. Get to know people— they could be going through more than you know. Get to know people anyway, whether or not they have a problem. People want to feel worthy outside of the things that already burden them and make them feel worthless. They are not their problem, they are people who God adores.
4. Donate to an organization such as the NCADV and get involved with your local organizations.
5. Know the different types of abuse: emotional, physical, financial, etc. Listen to what people AREN’T saying.
6. Don’t get involved if you won’t be able to support them long term. They’re already scared and dealing with a strong spirit of rejection. They may feel like they don’t matter, they may feel unseen, they may be angry. Maybe they just isolate themselves. There are a lot of feelings here.
Purple is the color for domestic violence awareness month. Go purple and bring God’s justice to all who are afflicted and oppressed. We can do this together.
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)