Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Washington State? Here at the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny, we believe that you shouldn’t just be aware of domestic violence, you should also do what you can to increase awareness and prevent abuse. But how can you help end domestic violence in Seattle even if you don’t know someone who is directly affected by it?
A Few Ideas to Stop Domestic Violence
Raise awareness in your children. Do both your sons and daughters know and understand what domestic violence is and why it is so damaging to society? When they are old enough, be sure that they are aware of red flags and of what to do if a friend or loved one is in an abusive relationship.
• Help local shelters and programs. You don’t have to volunteer full-time or be rich in order to help our local Seattle programs that get abuse victims heal and get back on their feet. Call to offer your help, whether it is a few hours of volunteering, a donation of clothes or supplies, or monetary support. Everyone can give something. Pass along resources for domestic abuse victims.
• Report abuse. Domestic violence is a crime in Washington State. If you hear a domestic dispute, call the police and report it. You could save a life.
• Know Washington State domestic violence laws. Do you know about the current laws involving domestic abuse – and do you know about pending bills? Do you know where local political candidates stand on the issue? Do your research and be an informed voter.
• Treat those around you with respect and love. Domestic violence feeds on emotional abuse, feelings of unworthiness, and shame. By treating all men and women of all ages – whether strangers or loved ones – with humanity we are taking a step toward breaking the cycle of violence.
If you are a victim of domestic violence in Washington State or have a loved one who needs help, please reach out for local support. If you need a Mercer Island family law attorney to help you with a domestic violence case, call the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny today at 425-460-0550.