As the latest report released by WHO stresses the growing sufferance of women due to domestic violence, the issue has raised concerns amongst intellectuals all over the world. In this context the community takes a great part in eradicating the society of such violence and offering a healthy space for women to breath in. So if you see any incident of domestic violence taking place in your society, here's what you can do to help the victims.
Understand The Signs
The first step to alleviate the community of domestic violence is to understand the signs as well as familiarise individuals and the people with them. These signs may vary from person to person and are not always associated with physical symptoms. As opposed to the general belief that domestic violence is based on physical onslaughts and beatings, it involves much more than that and includes verbal, emotional and even economical abuses. Often do we fail to recognise the indications in some victims as they suffer in silence? If such is the case, make sure that you listen and cooperate with her.
Educating people about the signs, impact and consequences of domestic violence can be a good start towards eradicating the society of this mass problem. For this you can take help of local police community and women's organization and hold meetings, conferences and effective sessions and reach out to a large number of people and discuss this sensitive issue with them.
Keep It Well-Planned and Organized
Once you aim to stop violence on women, you must at first create a large network of people who are willing to serve for the cause. As you intend to build a community where safety and security of women are restored, you should take every action in organized manner. If you see such crimes happening in community, take immediate action against it and provide them with communal support so that the victims can leave their abusers safely and find new hopes for survival.
If you come across a couple who has been going through court ordered domestic violence classes, you can also meet them personally and hold a session to solve the issue at hand.
Make A Strong Supportive Network With Technology
With the advancement of technology it has become much easier to offer help to victims when they are in danger. There are several safety apps that are designed with automatic alert system which, once downloaded in the victim's smart phone, enable the community workers, neighbours and police to reach out to her when she sniffs danger. However, if a victim does not have a smart phone, you can pool in money with the help of other neighbours and friends to get her one and upload the app which can be connected to all your phones so that you can be her support system.
Organize Online Programmes
If your community is greatly infested by the domestic violence, then take some assistance from the professionals. Many institutional experts have dedicated themselves to offering online domestic violence classes that are meant to obliterate the issue from different communities and society at large using a myriad of ways. From couple and individual counselling to helping the women find courage and realize the signs they are making all the good efforts to enable victims get back to their normal lives.
It may be difficult for the victim to call it quits and recover from the distressful situation. So help her with assistance when she needs it the most, be it legal advice, local violence intervention programmes or finding a secure place when she wishes to come out of her battered shelter. Most importantly, assisting her with making phone calls and finally finding a peaceful shelter for her can speed things up.