International Elimination of Violence Against Women Day

I had a happy, lighthearted post planned for today, but when I saw the white ribbon on the Google search page, I had to take the opportunity to share important information.

The white ribbon is in honor of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  The United Nations has a very useful page for this with easy-to-find links full of resources and ways you can help prevent violence around the world.

I didn't think in depth about violence against women when I wrote my book, XZA: A Novel, but it figures into it several times.  Because my main character, Xan, is dedicated to exposing and personalizing social crimes, we get to see the effects of such violence in the excerpts of the books she writes.  My other main character, Jessie, isn't good at standing up for herself or others.  She's repeatedly manipulated, put down, and intimidated by her boyfriend, Dick.

Verbal abuse counts as abuse and can be just as destructive as physical abuse.  If you or someone you know - male or female - is in a bad situation, there are lots of great options for getting help and support.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline lets you call in or chat online.  Its website also defines abuse and describes what a healthy relationship should be like.

RAINN is the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.  It's also the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.  The work they do is widespread, and many celebrities help further its reach.

For men who are abused and want help, the opportunities to get help without the stigma of appearing weak are really improving.  Abuse is abuse.  If you need help or more information, you can start here:

AARDVARC stands for An Abuse, Rape, and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection.  This page talks about gender and abuse, and gives support options for men being abused.

The NCADV is the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  The page I've linked to is an informative pdf about why it's important to also recognize violence against men and some pretty eye-opening statistics.

Have a safe day!

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