The Holiday season is upon us! It is a celebrated time of family gatherings, festive meals and laughter. It is a day dedicated to giving thanks for all that we have in our lives, but let’s not forget to reflect on the needs of those who may be less fortunate.
As you celebrate your holiday with your loved ones and reflect on your blessings, Next Door asks you to consider the needs of women and girls who have been harmed by violence all over the world. Take a moment to think about the hopes you have for your own loved ones, and the desire that they never know violence or abuse. It is so easy to take health, happiness, and safety for granted but for many women around the world, those things seem like a distant and far off possibility.
The Family Violence Prevention Fund has come up with a couple of ways that we can take action this year to end violence for women and children.
1. Talk to the young people you know about the issue of violence against women and share with them how you think people should treat one another. There are plenty of resources to aid in the discussion, such as Coaching Boys into Men program. Click here for more information.
2. Take Action as the 111th Congress comes to a close for the year. Urge your Members of Congress to pass the International Violence Against Women Act before Congress adjourns. To sign the petition, click here
3. Give your time, talents, and resources to a local domestic violence shelter in your community. Next Door welcomes and appreciates your support. This Thanksgiving, we remember and cherish our dedicated supporters who have worked with us to end domestic violence in the moment and for all time!
Wishing you and your family a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving.