October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). At WISE, we like to shift the focus of awareness to action. We all have opportunities in our individual lives to take action to end gender-based violence. When we are armed with knowledge about the ways identity and gender-based violence intersect, we are better prepared to end it within our own communities.
There are many common themes in abusive relationships, and it is important to recognize that all survivors do not have the same experience. Race, gender, religion, sexuality, and socio-economic status influence how someone might experience violence and what support might look like. Abusers use survivors identities against them, and certain identities make it harder for survivors to access support.
The WISE PEP squad created an intentional social media campaign to explore the common and unique themes of gender-based violence to help create a better understanding. Follow us on Instagram @WISEuv to learn more.