Most days you probably come into contact with someone who is being impacted by domestic violence. In fact, a 2004 Allstate Foundation National Poll on Domestic Violence found that 3 out of 4 respondents personally knew someone who currently was or had been a victim of domestic violence.
When we suspect that someone is experiencing violence in their relationship, we know that something should be done about it,
“It’s not my business”.
But it is. It's time for all of us to stand up and make domestic
In order to end domestic violence, kids can’t learn the behavior.
What can we do?
We can Ask to Help.
Ask to Help suggests that the answer to breaking the cycle of domestic violence is really a question. A question asked with sincerity. “Really, how are you?” “Are you safe?” “Do you need to talk?” “Can I offer you some resources?”
Ask to Help is a call to action to start breaking the silence that surrounds domestic violence. It is a movement about empowering you to broach the subject of domestic violence in your family, your workplace, your neighborhood, your school, your doctor’s office, your church, synagogue or mosque, your community.
From law enforcement, to doctors and nurses, to teachers and social service providers, to co-workers, neighbors and members of your faith community, to family and friends.
In turn, we will support you along the way. You aren’t expected to have all the answers. The Ask to Help webpage has resources to assist you in becoming more comfortable with the issue. Join the Ask To Help movement on Facebook and post questions, comments, success stories-- or contact us directly at Cornerstone.
Bring Ask to Help to your sphere of influence. Hang signs and magnets so that everyone begins to recognize the logo and in turn, recognizes that your space is a safe space to discuss domestic violence.