STOP Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is an issue that affects us all. It is complex and widespread. About 1 in 3 people say they have experienced abuse before the age of 15.
It can happen to anyone, but is more likely to occur for women, children, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities and those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
This is a major issue in our community and one that cannot be ignored. United Way Niagara works with a diverse group of agencies to fund programming that helps to prevent family violence in addition to helping survivors escape from it.
Some of the ways we are working to tackle the issue of family and domestic violence are awareness, advocacy, building safe and supportive communities, supporting youth, healthy families and promoting overall well-being. The effects of family violence not just physical and can be long-lasting. Some survivors suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, addiction or other mental health challenges. United Way works to support these survivors too. There are many options for support ranging from various counseling or support groups, to skill building, mentorship opportunities or advocacy groups – all helping to build the confidence and well-being of the survivor.
There are many ways to help put a stop to domestic violence. Here are some ways YOU can help.
KNOW THE SIGNS OF ABUSE. Here are a few of them: social withdrawal, self-blame, fighting with peers, headaches, stomach aches or extremely low self-esteem. This list is not exhaustive.
ADVOCATE. The more people aware of the extent of this issue, the more difficult it is to ignore.
DON'T IGNORE YOUR GUT INSTINCT. It is the law to report suspicions of child abuse – which includes family violence. If you suspect someone is being abused, report it.
DONATE. Support the network of programs that save lives.