Activities for Domestic Violence Awareness Month can include cheap or free activity ideas to help raise awareness and end abuse. Activities don’t have to break the budget and go a long way toward making a difference.
Stats from the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey 2005 tell us that 1:4 women and 1:9 men from across the United States will become a victim of domestic violence.
Raising awareness is the first step in ending abuse. Times are tight for a lot of people and money is still scarce. Fortunately, there are things that we call do to help without a large cash investment.
If you, a friend or a loved one is in danger there is help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The number is 1.800.799.SAFE.
Read below on how you can become involved.
Idea #1 Domestic Violence Awareness Month cheap or free activity ideas.
Contact your local domestic abuse agency for materials. The agency may ask for a small donation toward printing costs but most often there is no charge. Use these to create a display for your office or place of worship. Leave the display up for the month of October.
Idea #2 Domestic Violence Awareness Month cheap or free activity ideas.
Collect school supplies.
Put out a box and work and tape a flyer to it that asks for school supplies. Backpacks and school supplies are often lost in the shuffle. The local Wal-Mart or other discount retailer may have crayons for as low as .50 per pack. These items may also be used for child therapy sessions.
Idea #3 Domestic Violence Awareness Month cheap or free activity ideas.
Wear a purple ribbon.
We’ve all seen the classic ribbon loop for causes. Purple is the color for this cause. Cut a 3″-4″ strip of narrow ribbon. Fold it to make a loop at the top. Secure with a safety pin. Pin it to your shirt or jacket. Making a difference really is that easy!
Idea #4 Domestic Violence Awareness Month cheap or free activity ideas.
Call to ask about volunteering. Many agencies will be sending mass mail outs before and during October. Extra hands are usually welcome.
Idea #5 Domestic Violence Awareness Month cheap or free activity ideas.
Read about it.
There are many books at your local library that can be checked out for free. A reading group can choose to read about abuse and donate the books to a local agency. Used bookstores often have inexpensive titles available.
Idea #6 Domestic Violence Awareness Month cheap or free activity ideas.
Talk about it. Blog about it.
Without conversation we cannot hope to end abuse. Beginning the conversation is hard. It is also the most important thing that we can do
Be sure to check the links in the resources section of this article. You will find links to agencies and even more good ideas. Do you have an idea that isn’t on the list? Be sure to mention it in the comments section below. Together, we can raise awareness during Domestic Violence Awareness Month using these cheap or free activity ideas.
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