This post was written by Fay Schuler, Executive Director of The Salvation Army’s West Women’s Shelter in Portland, Oregon. She has been a leader in the fight against domestic violence for 17 years, serving at The Salvation Army for the last 7 and a half years.
Women come to the West Women’s Shelter seeking refuge after fleeing violence. This violence happens in a war zone not abroad but in their home and at the hands of those who say they love them.
They hope and believe the abuse will end and yet they have no control over this: they only control if they will leave or if they stay.
If you or someone you know needs to get safe now, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800/799-SAFE.
We must provide not only domestic violence education and physical safety but the resources for survivors to be independent and regain control of their lives and their bodies.
Many women “choose” to stay because as a society we don’t have enough shelter, legal advocacy, physical protections for women and their children at the time of highest lethality (when they leave), tangible financial resources, or belief in them.
“The eradication of domestic violence begins with important conversations about women and society and not dresses or hair styles.”
Each week just in our community of Portland, Oregon there is a death or assault of a woman or child which gets lost in the media.
We would rather talk about the color of a dress rather than the black and blue many women wear each day on their skin.
Lets change the dialogue and talk about how we can keep women and children safe from the war zones in their homes and relationships.
The ad above was created by the Ireland/Davenport agency for The Salvation Army in South Africa to raise awareness about domestic violence.