These tragic events occurring in both public and private spaces remind us that abuse can happen anywhere and to anyone. Although services for survivors of domestic violence continue to be offered, it is not always safe for them to reach out. It will take all of us: friends, family members, neighbors, faith leaders and employers. It is important for survivors to know that they are believed and supported. It is incumbent that we take action when someone comes to us for help.
That action can be offering a listening ear, referring them to a helpline, buying diapers or food, paying attention to things that may not look or sound right, but mostly, believing survivors. Taking a life of a partner, a loved one, is the ultimate act of cowardice and control. We urge people who are concerned about their own behavior to also reach out for help. The YWCA remains committed to addressing the societal factors that put communities and individuals at risk. We invite the community to join us in this work and commitment.
We’re here to help: Call our 24-hour helpline at 1-508-755-9030 or visit ywcahelp.com
Development & Communications Specialist