Suggestions from Aimee DesRoches, Abused Women's Advocacy Project, delivered at the press conference on October 24, 1997, that inaugurated the Peace in Our Families campaign
....someone in a domestic violence situation?
* Open your home
* Open your heart
* Tell them they deserve better
* Tell them it's not their fault
* Educate yourself
* Understand the dynamics of abuse
* Make the community safe for families in their homes
* If you see something, say something
* Tell your friends, coworkers, family to treat their partner better and children better
* Treat your partner and children better
* Ask them what they need
* Tell them you'll be there for them
* Offer to babysit
* Take the kids on an outing
* Tell them about shelter...
* Offer money...
* Call the police, call AWAP
* Ask them what's the safest thing to do
* Make a safety plan with them
....in the community?
* Make sure your police are enforcing the law
* Make sure the DA's are prosecuting
* Make sure the medical and mental health providers are screening for abuse
* Make sure abuse prevention programs are well-funded
* That homeless shelters and food banks are well funded
* That financial support is available to families in times of transition
* Call and write your legislators
* And again, open your home and your heart.