THE MAIN GOAL OF THE FUTURE IS TO STOP VIOLENCE. THE WORLD IS ADDICTED TO IT – BILL COSBY
Bruised faces, broken bones, blue eyes. For some, these may seem familiar. Whether they are occurring to you or someone you know, it is important to know that we can all help stop family violence.
If you or a friend or loved one is trying to leave an abusive relationship, it is vital to remember that the person causing the hurt is the person who is at fault and needs to change. It is also important to remember that such change is not likely to happen if that person is not delivered an undeniable wake-up call. Even, then, that person may be unable or unwilling to change. Thus, the only way to stop family violence is to take control and decide that enough is enough.
Family violence can have devastating consequences on individuals, families and the communities where they live.
What does it take to prevent Family violence within the community?
- Rasing Awareness: Awareness is the first step towards preventing and reducing family violence. It is aimed at the community as a whole, and also at particular groups within the community. To prevent family violence, we must change the attitudes and social conditions that allow it to happen.
How would we go about doing this?
- Promoting gender equality
- Encourage respectful relationships
- Design strategies to change harmful attitudes against each other
- Use a variety of compliemntary approaches
If people do not know that family violence exists in their community, if they don’t understand its impact or know where to turn for help, they will be unlikely to get involved or to communicate the unacceptability of violence.
Raising awareness allows people to think differently about the problem, and to own the issue as one they can do something about.
- Education and Early Intervention: Identify and support people experiencing family violence, with the aim of stopping early signs of violence from escalating, preventing a recurrence of violence, or reducing harm in the longer term.
How would we go about achieving the above?
- By conducting an intervention programme and educating in:
a) Schools, pre-schools setting including childcare
- b) Local community groups
c)Family services, health care settings, community health centres and hospitals
- 3. Prevention and crisis response: Support women and children to stay safe from someone using family violence against them. Crisis response is important because it prevents harm and saves lives. As well as that, with the right support, women and children can recover and thrive after family violence.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE DIFFERENCE! ITS ALWAYS A GREAT DAY TO SAVE LIVES!