What can you do to stop domestic violence?
By Camille Chuaquico
Cultural and social norms can either protect against or encourage the use of violence. The culture of domestic violence persists in society because it is deemed acceptable. Traditional beliefs that men have a right to control or discipline women through physical means makes women vulnerable to violence by intimate partners and places girls at risk of sexual abuse.
Challenging cultural norms to stop domestic violence can be approached at various levels including changing government policies, mass media, and education system. All of these may be out of our hands and may take a while to take effect. So what can we do as individuals to defy the culture of domestic violence? Believe it or not, there are eight (8) simple things you can do every day to end domestic violence.
Domestic violence is embedded into our culture simply because we, as a society, let it slide and become immune to the dangerous implications. It will take a lot of effort to shift toward a culture that turns away from violence and abuse, but it is possible if we stand together as one. It is up to us to help rid the world of domestic violence. We all have the voices and the power to do so, as long as we choose to stand up and speak out every day. Domestic violence survivors often suffer in silence before finding strength to seek help. What will you do to help end the suffering?
Written by Camille Chuaquico
Monday, 20 July 2015 00:00