“One of the biggest problems with domestic abuse is that people don’t talk about it. It’s insidious, stigmatized and hushed.” – Justin Vernon
We strive to make a positive impact by helping uncover the severity and pervasiveness of domestic violence. Gender equity issues remain major ongoing battles globally, continuing to render women the nation’s poorest, reinforcing systematic violence against women and girls, producing substandard health outcomes, and denying women leadership opportunities across all sectors.
We encourage community-driven, creative action to provide unique perspectives and solutions to these complex issues. We believe every individual can take steps, big and small, courageous and simple, to have an impact – and collectively – we can move the needle on gender inequality.
Domestic abuse can take many forms. It happens through use of physical force, emotionally harmful statements, sexual exploitation, financial means to harm, manipulation, or control. Abuse affects individuals of every community, age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, and race.
Abuse is not just an individual issue, it’s a community issue. Mass media and cultural standards often normalize domestic violence, particularly against women. Wide-spread positive portrayals of unacceptable behavior institutionalize abuse. In fact, 1 in 4 women will experience abuse in her lifetime.
By acknowledging the pervasiveness of domestic abuse, its harmful effects, and the influences that reinforce violence against women, we can take the first steps towards a safer, healthier future for everyone.
To learn more:
Speak Up, Step Up, Do Your Part
Change can begin with one person, one voice, and one action. 2 A Billion, Bon Iver, and our nonprofit partners have identified steps everyone can take to do their part in this cause.
Physical harm or intimidation: Using force or intimidation of force against a person, their loved ones, or their pets.
Emotional Abuse: Insults, restrictive and controlling behavior such as limiting time with friends and family, telling a partner they are dependent or worthless without them, or any other actions that aim to cause emotional harm and dependence.
Abuse may also take the form of financial manipulation, sexual coercion, or digital harassment. Bottom line, if an individual feels unsafe or trapped in a relationship, abuse may be occurring. Learn more about the being an active bystander, behaviors of an abusive partner, and warning signs.
Make a financial contribution to one of our partners. These organizations are doing incredible work providing services for survivors and advocating for a future without domestic violence.
The Rose Andom Center is a service provider in the Denver area. Their organization provides comprehensive and diverse services for survivors all under one roof with the ultimate goal of healing and independence for all who receive services from them.
Hopeworks of Howard County is a service provider and advocacy organization in Maryland. They partner with local government, schools, law enforcement, and other public institutions to further their mission to end domestic violence and sexual assault.
The Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence is a statewide organization that provides resources to survivors seeking assistance, guidance and training for service providers, and advocacy towards policy reform in state government.
Learn about our network of nonprofit partners.
Policy, culture and media all contribute to and reinforce patterns of domestic abuse. Anyone can and should be an advocate for change.
These organizations are asking for your action now:
– Visit the National Organization for Women’s National Action Program. This site lays out instructions for how to make a difference on a variety of pressing women’s rights issues.
– Visit RAINN’s Action Center to send an email to elected officials on current legislation related to domestic violence and sexual assault.
– The ACLU needs your signature on a petition to protect Planned Parenthood in the ongoing efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
– Visit Amnesty USA’s Violence Against Women action center and follow instructions on how to take action on policy related to this issue area.