One of our Locals pointed out to us that as a women owned business it is important to be vocal about where we stand on largely female impacting issues. With that being said, as October is also Domestic Violence Awareness month we want to make sure that we project the importance of self love, self care, and open communication on the negatives that impact us…
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS AN ISSUE.
WE STAND WITH THE FIGHT TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY.
* Information provided by Milwaukee Health Department *
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is the use of a pattern of abuse to maintain power and control in a familiar relationship. Abuse affects all populations, regardless of their age, race, sex, nationality, religion, ability, socioeconomic status, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
(That means it can happen to any of us!)
What is considered abusive behavior?
Abusive behaviors may include:
Physical Abuse: Use of physical force in a way that injures or puts others at risk of injury
Emotional Abuse: Use of words, tone, actions, or lack of action meant to control, hurt, or demean
Sexual Abuse: Forced or coerced sexual act or behavior motivated to acquire power and control
Financial Abuse: Use or misuse of financial or monetary resources of the partner or of the partnership without the partner’s freely given consent
Spiritual Abuse: Using victim’s religious or spiritual beliefs to manipulate
Identity Abuse: Using personal characteristics to demean, manipulate, and control partner; comprised of “isms” around race, gender, sex, age, sexual orientation, etc.
(How do we use our power? To help or to cause harm?)
Why don't victims leave?
The decision to leave an abusive relationship is difficult, and a victim's reasons for staying may be numerous, including:
Fear of physical harm, retaliation, dealing with the legal system, or changing their situation
Love for their significant other
Lack of resources (housing, money, accessible programs)
Isolation from supportive friends and family members
Normalization of violence in the relationship
A sense of guilt or responsibility for the abuse
A desire to help their abuser
Potential public shaming or humiliation
Optimism that things will change
Religious belief and values
(Individual issues have individual outcomes, non-judgmental support is key.)
If you want to help us create awareness tag us in your 20 second video on instagram or Facebook (@copywritemag) video to let us know why you stand against Domestic Violence. (Email that video to firstname.lastname@example.org to be apart of our #SociallyResponsible 2019 campaign video).
Your voice matters!