NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled a public awareness campaign to encourage New Yorkers to seek assistance if they or someone they know is a victim of domestic violence. NYC even hosted Until The Violence Stops: NYC, a two week long festival of artistic performances and community events designed to bring the issue of violence against women and girls to light.
This was developed pro bono by a public awareness advertising campaign by McCann Erickson and is featured in subways, buses and telephone kiosks. It will initially run for 3 months into the summer 2010 season citywide. Until The Violence Stops: NYC was presented by V-Day, a grassroots movement founded by award-winning playwright Eve Ensler to end violence against our women and girls. “Domestic violence is a crime that damages innocent lives in the place where they should be the safest,” Mayor Bloomberg said.
The festival takes the issue of violence against women out of the silence of the home and into the community, demanding New Yorkers to work to end the violence against our mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and wives – our women.
In 2009, domestic violence was responsible for nearly one out of every eight homicides in NYC. We must encourage everyone who is a victim or who knows a victim to make the call for help. This call could be the difference between life and death. “We owe it to those who came before us and we owe it to the generations to come to end violence against women and girls”, said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
Speaking from experience, violence can strike in many forms, and for me it is in the verbal form. Whoever said “sticks-n-stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” has never felt the stinging power of words. They can cut like a knife and can be just as paralyzing.
As a daughter, mother, sister, aunt and woman, my power was taken from me, leaving me weak, insecure and helpless. But today, I am in an upheaval to get my power back. It can be a very long, lonely and painful road, even scary at times, but if you don’t stand up for yourself, and get help, especially with all the available resources, you can’t expect anyone else to do it for you! All it takes is one phone call, and the doors to safety fly open. It’s time to break the silence and protect ourselves and our children. Set an example by being one.
National Domestic ViolenceHotline:
(800) 799-SAFE (7233)
or (800) 787-3224 (TTY)
National Network to End Domestic Violence
American Psychiatric Association (APA)
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Phone: (202) 745-1211
Phone: (303) 839-1852
The National Center for Victims of Crime
The Family Violence Prevention Fund
Fax: (415) 252-8991
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Fax: (717) 545-9456
The Battered Women’s Justice Project
Toll-free: (800) 903-0111 ext. 3
Phone: (215) 351-0010
Fax: (215) 351-0779
National Battered Women’s Law Project
Phone: (212) 741-9480
Fax: (212) 741-6438
National Women’s Health Information Center
The Domestic Violence and Mental Health Policy Initiative
Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Phone: (800) 799-SAFE