Awareness + Action = Social Change
Why do we use this message during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and beyond?
As illustrated by this infographic from the Domestic Violence Awareness Project:
- Awareness involves efforts to increase knowledge or reshape cultural norms or false perceptions about gender-based violence.
- Action refers to proactive efforts to stop violence and abuse from happening in the first place by interrupting the cultural rules, norms, and constructs that support it.
- Social Change can occur when individuals, families, communities, and institutions have access to both knowledge and tools and act to transform society.
We believe that transformation is possible, that prevention is possible. The power and message ofAwareness + Action = Social Change is reflected in the tireless work of advocates, survivors, partners, and allies to stand up against all forms of injustice. When we combine awareness and action, change can occur and we will end domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence.
That is why, as we commemorate the 30th anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), we hold up this message to demonstrate that there is a way to change, and it is working.
This October, join us each Tuesday at 3:00pm EST/2:00pm CST/12:00pm PST for a special #DVAM2017 event, and every Thursday for a new NRCDV radio podcast episode. We are excited to offer these key awareness activities and action steps for advancing social change that honors the lived experiences of survivors, celebrates the critical role of advocates, highlights the importance of storytelling and elevates the power of meaningful collaboration.
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