Responsibility Lies Within the Hands of Us All

by Jessica Yaffa, Director of Community Education

Whenever I begin a presentation or workshop I spend some time discussing the myths and stereotypes that exist surrounding domestic violence:domestic violence and substance abuse

  • Who does this happen to?
  • What ethnic groups/religions/socio economic classes are most likely to
    be victimized?
  • What are the backgrounds of those that find themselves in abusive

Unfortunately, the answers to each of these statements are the same: ALL of us are affected by domestic violence. With the statistics being that 1 in 4 women are or will be physically abused during their lifetime, and knowing that every socio-economic class, culture and religion are dealing with this epidemic, the responsibility of creating change, standing up, and speaking out is a responsibility that belongs to us ALL.

My encouragement to each of you today: whether you are a survivor, or have a friend or family member that is struggling, we have an opportunity every day to take a stand against domestic violence, affirming our worth and value, teaching our children, supporting our friends, and educating our communities. Make a difference… in your own life, the lives of those you are closest to, and generations to come by being an active participant in this movement intended to end domestic violence!