Charity calls on community to help stop domestic abuse
A charity has called on the community to help to put an end to domestic abuse and sexual assault in recognition of a global movement.
Around the world, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence is observed between the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day on November 25 and Human Rights Day on December 10.
The Centre Against Abuse is using today to activate its movement and call to action.
Laurie Shiell, the executive director of the charity, said: “We are inviting everyone to partner with CAA to create a movement to end domestic abuse and sexual assault in Bermuda.
“CAA’s vision is to eradicate domestic abuse and sexual assault in Bermuda. We recognise that to accomplish this we require your assistance.
“No longer can we passively behave as a community of bystanders while victims are being killed and terrorised in their homes, on their job and on the street.
“We must mobilise now as a community to end domestic abuse and sexual assault to create a better Bermuda.”
Ms Shiell said that addressing the problem requires a multisectoral partnership to create an impact.
She added: “As a collective we have the ability to utilise our voices, our ingenuity and our positional power to generate change via a socio-ecological model which will produce positive shifts at the individual, relational, community/organisational and societal levels regarding ending domestic abuse and sexual assault.”
• Listen to and believe survivors
• Encourage your company to post information that raises awareness on domestic violence, sexual assault and gender-based violence
• Reach out to the Centre Against Abuse to request an awareness session with your group (church, community group, sports team, workmen’s club, etc.)
. Donate $25 a month for a year to CAA to support its services
• Post awareness on your social media
• Speak with your partner and friends about awareness to end DASA
• Request advocacy training on ending domestic abuse and sexual assault from CAA
• Write to your company and government encouraging them to change unfair policies or laws that do not support victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault
• Men, encourage men to take a stand against domestic abuse and sexual assault
• Check out CAA social media pages to stay informed
• Speak to children about healthy relationships and model these behaviours.
• Brainstorm your own ideas on what you can do to raise awareness.
Ms Shiell added: “Together we can create a movement to end domestic abuse and sexual assault and create a better Bermuda which will ultimately protect our loved ones from domestic abuse and sexual assault.” #endDASA