Help Us #BeTheSolution and Raise Domestic Violence Awareness

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There are many things my daughter has learned from my husband. She knows how to balance on his feet while he twirls her around a dance floor. She has been learned the joy of an absolute yes, and how to take a no. She has learned the beauty of wide open spaces and that her beauty is both inside and out. There are a great many things he has left to teach her. He will teach her to tie her shoes. To swing higher and faster on the swing. She will learn the name of all 29 teams in the NBA and how to shoot a free throw.  From him, she will learn what it means to have someone save the day and be her hero.

One of the most important lessons he will ever teach her is in the way he loves her mother. In the way he honors me with respect and love and a generous portion of public displays of affection. Because, like all the little girls, the odds are good that one day she will fall in the love with a man who treats her much the way her father treated her mother. For good or bad. Research indicates that females exposed to domestic violence as children are more likely to be victims. On the flip side of that coin, males who are exposed to domestic violence as children are more likely to engage in domestic violence (Brown & Bzostek, 2003).

But domestic violence is not a ‘he’ or ‘she’ issue, it’s a ‘we’ issue. Women can be victims of domestic violence. Men can be victims of domestic violence. It’s both our responsibility to be the solution

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As women we can create an environment where our daughters, our sisters and our friends feel safe and comfortable discussing domestic violence. Men can take a leadership role among their peers and young men to say that domestic violence is never okay. Together we can serve as role models for sons and daughters and teach them how to practice healthy relationship habits early in life. Domestic Violence is a discussion that deserves representation for both sexes because no matter what side of the coin you’re on, no one is immune to it’s affects. 

Blue Shield of California Foundation, one of the state’s largest philanthropies, is committed to combatting domestic violence through funding and public awareness. Its new #BeTheSolution campaign is spreading the message that domestic violence is everyone’s issue to tackle, all of the time—not just those who are actively experiencing or perpetrating it, and not just when an incident like the recent NFL scandal brings it to the public’s attention in a big way. Blue Shield of California Foundation believes that each of us can play a role in identifying, addressing, and stopping domestic violence in our personal lives and in our communities. Upload your own #BeTheSolution photo.

How will you #BeTheSolution? 

This post is written on behalf of Blue Shield of California Foundation by me. All opinions are 100% mine.

20 thoughts on “Help Us #BeTheSolution and Raise Domestic Violence Awareness”

  1. What an amazing post on domestic violence. It is so important that we give honor and respect to each other and teach this to our kids by example. It is sad when this is taken advantage of. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. With so many types of domestic violence (physical, mental, verbal) it is nice to know their are programs out there trying to make a difference and educate people.

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  3. I donate time and money to our local domestic violence shelter. I can’t work with the people because my training is not in the right area, but I do admin work for them from time to time (much less since we moved in the country, which I miss). The kids… the kids are so affected (when there are kids in the family too), and I feel for the whole family.

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  4. Thank you for writing about this. Domestic Violence is SUCH a terrible and real problem. My heart breaks when I think of the women that are scared, and alone, with no help.

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  5. What a great post! I think some people don’t realize how bad situations are when they are caught up in the middle. I hope I’m teaching my children that they are worth it and that if someone doesn’t see that then they don’t need them in their lives!

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  6. I think we all probably no someone (and we might not actually know it) who is/was a victim of domestic violence. We have to do a better job with this generation and those that follow regarding domestic violence. It HAS to stop.

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  7. Domestic Violence can be prevented, it starts with how parents teach their sons. If they learn at a young age not to hit they tend to keep that growing up. It can truly devastate the entire family.

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  8. Domestic Violence is a very personal issue for me and one that I am very comfortable talking about when it comes to others. I wish it were something that was easy for everyone to talk about so that it could be less hidden and more awareness were possible.

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  9. It’s great that you’re raising awareness of domestic violence. It’s important that victims know there are foundations like this. They need to know that help is available and that people care.

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  10. Sadly, we’ve been going through this with my sister in law. There are no children involved, but my other sister in law decked him HARD and my hubby told him that he would risk going to jail if he ever came near his sister again. Nobody’s heard from him since. Hopefully it stays that way.

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  11. Domestic violence is such a serious problem, and so many people don’t want to talk about it. I think it’s important to raise awareness and share resources for those who are affected by it.

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