- Speak out against violence in television and movies.
- Take a stand; don’t tolerate jokes about rape, race or violence.
- Attend rallies and protests against violence.
- Ask your legislators to increase funding for programs that offer services to victims of violence and/or violence prevention education.
- Make sure that local schools address violence as part of the curriculum.
- Call law enforcement when you see or hear that someone is being abused.
- Educate yourself about domestic violence and then educate your family and friends.
- Discuss violence with your children and make sure they know what signs to look for when choosing relationships and where to go for help if they are physically assaulted.
- Attend a DAP Tour with a group of friends!
- Contact DAP or your local Battered Women’s shelter and offer to volunteer.
- If you belong to a service organization or place of worship, encourage them to learn about and find ways to support your local program or DAP.
- Volunteer to arrange a speaker from DAP for any workplace or organization of which you are a member.
- Host a Party With Purpose.
- Be a Table Captain for DAP’s annual luncheon.
Give Financial Support
- Donate money to DAP or your local domestic violence program so that they are able to continue their services.
- Call and ask DAP or your local domestic violence program for a list of needed donations. Then organize a drive for those items: school supplies, baby supplies, etc.
- Introduce DAP or your local domestic abuse program to the head of your company and encourage your business to become a Corporate Partner.
- Be positive role models.
- Turn of television violence.
- Explain to their children the acceptable ways to deal with anger.
- Encourage their children’s teachers, coaches, and community leaders to promote nonviolent solutions to problems.
- Listen to children; encourage them to discuss their feelings, needs and wants.
- Treat each other with respect.
- Turn off violence TV programs.
- Deal with anger in a positive way.
- Get to know children of ethnic and cultural groups other than their own.
- Develop curriculum for boys and men to help them understand their role in healthy relationships.
- Seek training to help recognize and assist abuse victims, including children who are witnesses to domestic abuse.
- Create an atmosphere for respectful discussion of harassment, abusive and violent behavior.
Business Leaders Can
- Audit the workplace to ensure that inappropriate attitudes about violence, abuse and degrading behavior are not tolerated.
- Offer training and counseling on issues of domestic violence, abuse and sexual harassment.
- Provide information on how and where to get help in times of stress, need or actual violence.
- Engage in Corporate Partnership as a business with DAP or a local domestic abuse program. It sends a message to employees that you care about them.
- Refuse to participate in derogatory jokes or stories about women, rape or violence.
- Treat each other with respect in the workplace and tolerate differences among co-workers.
- Learn about different racial and ethnic cultures and customs.
Religious Leaders Can
- Speak out against domestic violence.
- Assist victims in their religious community who must escape from abusive or violent environments.
- Offer resources to religious community members who may be perpetrators or victims of domestic abuse to assist them in seeking help.
- Seek training to enable them to recognize and assist children in violent and abusive environments.
Civic Organizations Can
- Examine messages promoted within their organization regarding women, minorities, and children. Are they positive? Supportive?
- Encourage awareness of domestic abuse.
- Promote humane and just treatment for all community members.
Youth Organizations Can
- Begin discussions about family and personal relationships that focus on respect, understanding and positive behavior.
- Identify and confront potential aggressors about unacceptable behavior.
- Seek training for leaders so they can recognize and assist victims of harassment or abusive behavior.
- Initiate projects that reward positive behavior and seek to eliminate negative images of different groups in society.
Criminal Justice Workers Can
- Examine policies and practices regarding domestic abuse and sexual assault.
- Analyze actual and perceived consequences to the perpetrator of abusive and violent behavior.
- Study how the system treats victims of harassment, abuse, or violence.