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Everyone has the right to be safe in their intimate partner relationship.

Thinking and talking about intimate partner abuse can feel overwhelming. It is a major problem and we need to work on it together to make real change. The good news is we can all be advocates for survivors of intimate partner abuse.  So, what can one person do?

BE INFORMED

It starts with the small step of believing the stories of survivors, and then committing to learning more about the problems they and their children are facing . Here are some resources to get you started NOW!

SPEAK UP

We have the opportunity every day to be an advocate just by talking with others. It’s in these one-on-one discussions that real social change starts happening.

There are so many ways to make your voice heard on issues of domestic violence in our community:

  • Talk about domestic violence with your friends and colleagues, online and in person.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and share our posts.
  • Stay informed by signing up to receive SHALVA’s e-newsletter and email updates.
  • Forward our email to your friends!
  • Wear purple or put a sign in your lawn during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
  • Organize a community education program at your school, synagogue, professional or social group. Contact us here.

Have another idea? Get in touch and let us know.

CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES

Voice your support for survivors by calling or emailing your local, state and federal lawmakers. Even if you’re not calling about specific legislation, you can tell them that protecting survivors of intimate partner abuse through strong and safe policy is important to you. You can always mention the Illinois Domestic Violence Act when speaking to your state reps or discuss continued funding of the Violence Against Women Act when talking with representatives in Washington, D.C.

You can find the names and contact information for your elected representatives here.