Speak It. Hear It. Believe It. This simple message has a powerful impact when discussing breaking the cycle of domestic violence in our community. This October, as national domestic violence programs are enhancing messages focused …
Speak it. Hear it. Believe it.
Speak It. Hear It. Believe It. This simple message has a powerful impact when discussing breaking the cycle of domestic violence in our community. This October, as national domestic violence programs are enhancing messages focused on bringing attention to this horrific crime, Hands of Hope launched a comprehensive media campaign.
Hands of Hope intends that the community will see and hear the message so that when someone discloses to them that they are in an unhealthy relationship, they know where to refer that person to.
It is so critically important that victims know that they will be heard and believed. The majority of the time a victim is in an abusive relationship, they are constantly told just the opposite, that no one will believe them. We have a responsibility to each other to not let that message continue to play out.
Instead, let us be the community that stands up and says, not only do I believe you, but I will also listen to you and refer you to Hands of Hope for additional guidance, resources, and support.
Each domestic violence situation is different, so Hands of Hope’s approach begins by listening to the victim and letting them tell their story. Next, Hands of Hope staff offer options, linkages, safety planning and resources, always aware that the victim may not be ready to make a life-altering decision.
It can take a victim up to seven times on average before they break the cycle of violence. It is important to remember that the violence didn’t start immediately. It escalated over time between good and bad times, keeping the victim from knowing what to do or where to turn.
Often, a victim is also isolated and unaware of what resources might be available to them. That is why Hands of Hope has partnered with numerous restaurants, coffee shops and bars this year to spread the word about the services available to victims by placing coffee sleeves, coasters, and placemats across Grant and Wabash Counties.
So, this month, as you visit a local establishment, if you happen across Hands of Hope’s message, please take the time to check out the QR code and add our 24-hour helpline to your contacts because you never know when someone may need you to Hear and Believe them and speak to them about Hands of Hope.