Celebrating NO MORE Week (March 6-12)
NO MORE Week is a national grassroots activation aimed at making domestic violence and sexual assault prevention a priority year - round. March 6th kicked off the 2016 NO MORE Week of Action and the Iowa Domestic Violence Helpline (IDVH) is proud to participate in the week long activities!
Below are a few statistics from the National Domestic Violence Helpline (www.thehotline.org):
- On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.
- 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
IDVH would like to challenge you to think about what your role in helping to raise awareness for domestic violence will be. Will you choose to be a bystander or will you choose to stand up and say NO MORE?
To raise awareness you will want to first understand what domestic violence is and what help is out there for victims. IDVH's website, www.survivorshelpline.org, has many resources to help individuals understand and identify what domestic violence in a relationship may look like, the barriers that victims face and the resources that are in place to help victims. On IDVH's website one can also find materials that can be downloaded for your own personal use. For example, a danger assesment to help victims understand the lethality of their relationship or the Power and Control Wheel that helps explain what makes up an abusive realtionship.
To find more information on the NO MORE Week and how you can get involved, check out www.NOMORE.org. Your voice is powerful and it can help put an end to domestic violence and sexual assault.
As always, the advocates at the Iowa Domestic Violence Helpline are available 24/7, 365 days a year. Call us at
1-800-770-1650. No fees, no judgments, just help.