A National Day of Action Against Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence is a major issue in the US and around the world. Between 2001-2012, 11,766 women were murdered by their current or ex-partners in the United States, and 1 in 3 women in most states are victims of intimate partner violence. The Power Over Model of relationships, continues to be accepted as a norm and that must be changed! That is why we are asking you to join us in a National Day of Action.
As October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, on October 5, 2019 a National Day of Action is happening across the country. Communities are asked to create events around the issue of domestic violence and the effects it has on women, their children, and their families.
We are asking that a staged “Die In” be part of the event. Let this be a visualdemonstration of the shocking number of women’s deaths due to domestic violence. All women participants who are able to will gently fall to the ground and assume a posture reflecting death. Other participants can make a protective circle around them. Silence will be observed for two minutes. At the end of two-minutes, one woman will help the person closest to her to her feet and embrace her as a fellow survivor. Ultimately all participants will help others up until everyone is standing, symbolizing survival from domestic violence. The event will conclude with everyone on their feet demanding recognition of the pervasiveness of the atrocity of domestic violence in our society.
Central to our National Day of Action is raising public awareness of the extent and horror of Domestic Violence in in the US. Every minute, 20 women become victims of Domestic Violence and each year thousands are killed. We must not only remember victims, but also raise our voices in support for better legislation, enhanced gun control and fiscal resources to end this domestic terrorism.
We ask that you film your event, especially the “Die In,” and short excerpts of other accompanying activities such as art exhibits, dance, storytelling, or music. These films will be collected by Healing Voices – Personal Stories, a non-profit film company which makes award-winning documentaries to raise awareness of domestic violence. We will then edit the footage into a documentary, adding still photos, voice-overs, and informational text. Healing Voices – Personal Stories will then seek out wide channels of distribution for the documentary to further drive home the point that something must be done to stop this continuous war on women!