Learn about domestic violence
Read books and articles, watch documentaries, go to educational events that your local domestic violence program sponsors. Like so many others, you might find that once you learn about it, that you suddenly see it all around you. What should you do then?
If you have a friend, family member, co-worker or neighbor who is experiencing domestic violence, the very best thing you can do for that person is to listen, believe, and do all you can to keep the person from getting isolated. Get help.
If you have a friend, family member, co-worker or neighbor who is being abusive and controlling of their family member, and you feel like it's safe to do so, speak up. One of the things that will really have an impact on domestic violence is social intolerance — ordinary people like you and me saying "That's unacceptable."
Talk to your employer
Does your company have good policies to help victims stay safe at work? What business are you in? Is there something about your product or service that could be adapted to support victims? Be creative!
Talk to your legislators
Today is a good day to call or write your state and federal legislators. Let them know you are concerned about domestic violence, and ask them what they are doing to support victims. Find out what else you can do.
Write a letter to the editor
There are all kinds of things you can comment on about domestic violence in the local media - if you want to commend your local domestic violence program or if you see really good or bad reporting of a domestic violence incident, let your opinion be known. Learn more.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
If your local program is having events, plan to attend or volunteer to help out. Put up a poster. Ask your religious leader to give a sermon or message that addresses domestic violence. Organize a neighborhood dinner and invite an advocate to give a short talk. Be creative.