A Community For Peace believes that to advocate, you must first educate. Violence in our culture is so normalized that we are experiencing the third and fourth generation of victims and offenders.
Injuries are greater, lethality is higher and the trauma to our children’s healthy development damages their future and impacts our schools and communities. It is not enough for advocates to be educated. It will take all of us to understand this issue.
More importantly, there are far too many people, including victims and abusers, organizations and systems who still operate from myths and lack of accurate information about domestic violence. For example, did you know that DV is not a marital problem; nor is it a mental health problem; nor is it a homeless problem? Those are the impacts of the issue, but not the cause and therefore our social remedies are not very effective.