Today, I join a group of amazing Houstonians to unite and bring something to the surface that isn’t talked about very often: domestic abuse.
I know this is hard to talk about, but we have to talk about it. Let this sink in for a moment: 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. If you don’t think this is relevant to you, think again. That statistic suggests that you do, in fact, know someone who has fallen victim to some sort of domestic abuse.
Ever since I started teaching high school, I have been passionate about domestic violence awareness. It is eye-opening and heartbreaking to hear about young teens fall victim to abuse. It has happened far more than I would have ever imagined. Furthermore, I have a responsibility as a mother of two girls to teach the importance of understanding what abuse is and how to get help.
Domestic violence knows no age, race, gender, or social class. It can happen to anyone. It happens every six seconds in the United States.
A few weeks ago, Caroline and I had the pleasure of joining a fantastic group of Houston influencers to learn about AVDA and their upcoming #EndAbuse campaign. Esther from Cuteheads Kids is the mastermind behind this campaign, and put together an eye-opening and empowering afternoon. We first took headshots and group photos with the campaign hashtag, #EndAbuse. We then heard from a survivor. Her incredibly moving story wouldn’t have had a happy ending without the help of AVDA.
AVDA, or Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, is a non-profit organization that has served the Houston area for over 30 years. They are not a shelter, but they do provide a variety of services including legal aid, victim advocacy, counseling for adults and youth, and battering intervention.
Remember how I said this was relevant to you? You can help, and you can help today. Today, May 27, AVDA of Houston is launching a huge social media campaign with the hashtag #EndAbuse. We are all posting headshots with the sign, and we would love you to join us!
How you can join:
- Take a selfie/photo with the #EndAbuse sign (print yours here, or make your own!)
- Post it on your social media networks
If you would like more information on the #EndAbuse campaign, visit this page. I hope to see your selfie today!