Guest commentary: Help end the silence around domestic violence

Guest commentary: Help end the silence around domestic violence

The Westerly Sun


When we stay silent, domestic violence thrives.

With one in four Rhode Islanders experiencing domestic violence in their lifetimes, and nearly one in 10 Rhode Island high schoolers reporting they have already experienced physical dating violence, we all know loved ones, neighbors, and friends who will be or have been impacted by abuse.

This October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are calling on our communities to break the silence.

Each of us must make it our business to speak up when we see or hear something troubling and to have conversations with friends, family, colleagues, youth, and others in our lives.

Whether it be in our workplaces, schools, places of worship, or other community spaces, we can support survivors and their children by raising awareness of the issue and creating environments that do not tolerate domestic violence.

There are many ways to get involved this October.

Attend one of the many events throughout the state to support local domestic violence agencies that are dedicated to serving victims and their children each and every day.

Support the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence in the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge.

Like and share our social media posts, and talk to your family and friends about healthy relationships and the warning signs of abuse.

If we each make a commitment to help end domestic violence, just think about the collective impact we can have!

No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.

Visit nomoreri.org and follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/ricadv to learn more. Together, we can build a safer, more peaceful Rhode Island. No more silence!



Deborah DeBare is the executive director of the The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.


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