Sunday: Abused Women & Children’s Awareness Day
On Sunday, June 10, The Salvation Army is taking part in recognizing Abused Women and Children’s Awareness Day, an opportunity to reflect on how we can stop the violence that is destroying the lives and well-being of children and promote ways to aid victims.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) reported that one in every four women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime, with females who are 20-24 years of age at the greatest risk of abuse.
But perhaps worse are the long-term effects on the children involved. 50% of men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abused their children. The same report revealed that even just witnessing domestic abuse is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next. In particular, boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.
The Salvation Army’s battle against the seemingly endless cycles of violence against women and children began when founders William and Catherine Booth started homes for those who were at risk of exploitation in London’s sex trafficking industry during the mid 19th century. These residences offered protection, respite and spiritual guidance.
Currently, our domestic abuse and transitional living shelters are doing the same and more by providing job training, educational opportunities, child care and other financial assistance to help victims gain self-sufficiency and spiritual direction. Within the same mission, our anti-trafficking initiative works to save the bodies and souls of enslaved individuals across the globe. Click here to learn more.
Ending domestic abuse may be a daunting feat, but here are some ways that you can support our efforts:
- Volunteer to help women in need by answering calls and offering counseling on The Salvation Army’s 24/7 domestic abuse help line. Call your local unit to get involved.
- Support a friend or family member who you suspect may be in an abusive relationship. For ways that you can help, click here.
- Create awareness by sharing this blog post with your friends on Facebook or Twitter!
- Donate goods to the residents at our shelters. Please call your local Salvation Army and ask about their current needs.
Commonly donated items include:
Personal care items:
Hairbrushes and combs
For more information about The Salvation Army’s social services, please visit our website.
“With all the emphasis with which I am capable, I plead for the intelligent, compassionate, religious, and persistent duty of saving the children and young people.” – General William Booth