Sunday, September 2, 2012

Preventing Domestic Abuse

Preventing Domestic Abuse

There are many issues that primarily affect women (though, many, such as domestic violence and breast cancer also affect men). I wanted to take a moment to promote Avon’s efforts to combat the problem of domestic abuse. The Empowerment Circle of Support necklace (pictured above) is only $5.00 and 100% of net proceeds go towards programs that work to empower women and prevent domestic violence. Also, it’s cute.

mark-power-of-change-necklace-profileReese Witherspoon, who is an Avon Global Ambassador and Honorary Chairman of the Avon Foundation for Women, launched the necklace as a fundraiser for the “Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence” program. The program has given almost $40 million in an effort to end violence against women. You can support women by ordering it online, or by contacting me to order; or you can donate directly to your local women’s shelter.
Avon’s “little sister” mark. also has fundraising jewelry to raise money for the cause. The two necklace “Power of Change” set (pictured right) is meant to be worn layered, or shared with a friend. Ashley Greene (of Twilight fame) supports and promotes the program (and can be seen wearing the necklace after the break). You can also view the m.powerment by mark. PSA and the Reese Witherspoon Avon PSA videos after the break. 

Dating and domestic abuse are no laughing matter. Click through to read the signs of domestic and dating abuse, as well as the image and videos mentioned above.

You can access all sorts of domestic abuse resources on Avon’s Foundation for Women website. On the website it says that half of Canadian women have experienced physical or sexual violence at least once after the age of sixteen; one to two women are murdered each week in Canada. I truly believe that violence (including rape) against women, and emotional and psychological abuse of women won’t stop until we teach every boy and every man what qualifies as abuse/rape and to never do it. But until it is eradicated, it’s good for women to recognize the warning signs of an abusive relationship and get out (and it’s imperative that friends and family support her).

Here’s a list of some of the signs of an abusive relationship as listed by (click the link to view the list in its entirety):

Do you:
  • avoid certain topics out of fear of angering your partner?
  • feel that you can't do anything right for your partner?
  • wonder if you're the one who is crazy?
  • feel emotionally numb or helpless?

Does your partner:
  • criticize you and put you down?
  • ignore or put down your opinions or accomplishments?
  • blame you for their own abusive behavior?
  • have a bad and unpredictable temper?
  • threaten to commit suicide if you leave?
  • destroy your belongings?
  • control where you go or what you do?
  • limit your access to money,  the phone, or the car?
  • constantly check up on you?

If you answered yes to some of these questions, please find someone to help you. If you suspect a loved one is being abused, find a time alone with them to talk to them, and ask if they're all right. And if you see or overhear a violent fight call 911. A false alarm is better than not calling.

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