How do I spread awareness about abuse and help guidelines?

Some background, some drama

The act of raising awareness about abuse can potentially help adults and children who are victims by letting them know there are ways to get help and stop the abuse. Raising awareness about the issue may involve educating young children on abuse, participating in or joining local and national organizations that campaign against abuse, etc.

Do’s and Don’ts

When you just can't stay silent on a particular issue, expressing your views and spreading awareness is a positive way to make a difference. The “How Do I" series tries to list down a few Do’s and don’ts to guide you to spread awareness about abuse and help guidelines.

Do’s

  • Support people who confide in you about their abuse. You can help people by listening to their problems and educating them on programs fighting abuse.
  • Organize a fundraiser for an abuse shelter in your local area. Holding a fundraiser will earn donations from the public that can be contributed to the shelter or used for campaigning against abuse.
  • Organize a candlelight vigil or service for victims of abuse to make your community aware of issues of abuse.
  • Perform volunteer work at local abuse shelters. Speak with and educate victims on their options for seeking safety or support awareness campaigns.
  • Consult with public schools in your area about inviting guests/counsellors to speak against abuse.
  • Ask businesses and shops to display donation jars for abuse shelters.
  • Distribute educational brochures about abuse in public places to provide the public with free access to these materials and help raise awareness.
  • Wear clothing that bears a slogan or logo against abuse. This will display or advertise your cause to the public.
  • Encourage people not to make jokes about abuse. This will help send a message to others that abuse is a serious matter that should never be joked about.
  • Get the necessary permits if you are planning to stage a protest.
  • Actively use social media tools to spread awareness.

Dont’s

  • Don’t forget to show some love, warmth and care to victims. Be gentle when you are listening to them and make them feel comfortable.
  • Don’t use a negative approach or harsh words while spreading awareness and showing support.
  • Don’t work for a cause without sufficient information and research. Half-baked information can be damaging.
  • Don’t hesitate to seek support of local organisations, NGOs, counsellors, etc. to fight against abuse.
  • Don’t make jokes or belittle a victim of abuse.
  • Don’t expect results immediately. Healing is a long process and may take time.
  • Don’t threaten victims of abuse.

Last words

Gathering with other people to collectively speak out against wrongdoing is a fundamental right and a powerful way to bring about change. Scores of people need help in times of abuse. Support them to move on and have a better life putting behind their abuse.

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