*Request domestic violence & sexual assault training for your staff
*Raise awareness about workplace violence, domestic violence and sexual
assault through company newsletters, e-mail messages, and screensavers
*Recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October
*Call a local agency for information about helping co-workers who may be
abused; learn the warning signs of abuse and how to support a friend
*Place brochures with domestic violence resources in the women's restroom
*Develop policies that support victims of domestic violence and post
*Collect donations and give time or money for victim assistance programs
and the family violence
*Challenge behavior that encourages stereotypes and violence-for example:
harassment, sexism, racism, and homophobia
*Work with your PTA and other parent organizations to establish effective
policies dealing with domestic and dating violence incidents in school
*Request that speakers on domestic violence talk to classes in your school
*Display books and materials on teen dating violence in the library and
*Display brochures on dating violence and family violence during your
school's evening events (parents' nights, sports events, etc.)
*Participate in a peer education program or support group; ask your school
counselor to work with local victim assistance programs to start a group
in your school
*Encourage campus security to have a domestic violence protocol
*Organize students to collect books, toys, or school supplies for children
staying at the local domestic violence shelter
and COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION ACTION
*Invite someone from a local agency to speak to your community group
*Get to know your neighbors and your children's friends.
*Offer kindness and support to those hurt by domestic violence.
*Ask your girls and boys clubs, including scout troops, to discuss
domestic and dating violence.
*Plant purple flowers in your garden or at your P-patch with a sign that
says "Stop Domestic Violence."
*Wear T-shirts or buttons that advocate for nonviolence.
*Hang posters and display brochures about domestic violence at businesses
in your neighborhood.
*Contact your local library for a domestic violence reading list.
*Sponsor a family through the local shelter, giving food and personal care
items to women and families
* Use information from local victim assistance programs to include in
sermons, bulletins, and newsletters
*Support training on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse for
all clergy, hospital chaplains, and church staff
*Offer a meeting space to a local agency for educational meetings or
*Collect school supplies, food, diapers, or other items needed for the
local shelter and other victim assistance programs
*Encourage your legislators to support laws that address domestic violence
and sexual assault
*Advocate for a fair and effective criminal justice response in this
*Encourage your city and county council members to support policies that
benefit victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, and
to hold abusers accountable
*Vote for judges whose records show that they are are sensitive to victims
and take domestic violence seriously
*Support federal and state legislation that strengthens domestic violence
laws and provides funding for victim services
SCHOOL CAMPUS ACTION
School Campuses and Universities offer important opportunities to educate
young men and women about violence against women. Experiences on campuses
will be carried forth to everyday life and will influence future actions.
Therefore, every effort to inform students may mean one less victim abused
or one less crime committed.
*Evaluate the safety and security of the campus environment.
*Establish campus escort services through campus security and student
*Educate your students, faculty, and staff about the problem of sexual
assault and dating violence on college campuses. Provide adequate training
on the signs that often accompany abuse, on victims' legal rights and on
*Identify target groups (e.g. new students, fraternities and sororities,
athletes, etc.) on your campus and develop specialized training and
resources for them.
*Identify resources addressing violence against women on your campus and
invite speakers from organizations dealing with sexual assault and
*Encourage Reporting of Violence.
*Develop an Administration Response to Violence on Campus.
*Review and Revise the Student Code of Conduct and Policies.
*Provide A Voice for Women on Campus, establishing victim advocacy groups
*Speak out against dating violence, domestic violence and sexual assault
in your position of leadership on campus.
||HEALTH CARE SECTOR ACTION
Health care professionals are in the critical position of providing
services to victims of violence as the first contact point for many of
these victims. It is crucial that health care professionals recognize
their potential to intervene appropriately. Immediate recognition of the
problem and the provision of medical care and referrals to appropriate
resources within the community can make all the difference. Leaders in the
field have identified the following strategies to make interventions by
helath care professionals more effective.
*Incorporate Training into Curricula.
*Make Resources Available to Patients.
*Encourage Continuing Education on Violence Against Women Issues.
*Develop a Standard Intake Form. Develop a standardized intake assessment
form for health care professionals who interact with victims of domestic
or sexual violence. This assessment form would ensure that certain
information regarding these incidents is identified and proper resources
*Ensure Employee Assistance Programs are Responsive to Victims of Domestic
*Volunteer. Provide a health care series on a volunteer basis to community
organizations that serve victims of domestic and sexual violence
Across the country, law enforcement is developing innovative and effective
strategies to prevent and prosecute violence against women more
effectively. Law enforcement leaders have identified several of these
strategies that, if used consistently, may go a long way toward reducing
incidents of violence against women.
*Create specific plans for needed change, and develop policies among law
enforcement, prosecutors, and others that will result in coordinated,
consistent responses to domestic violence
*Use an investigative checklist for use in all domestic violence incidents
*Utilize specific domestic violence report forms
*Create informational brochures on domestic violence and sexual assault,
which include safety plans and a list of referral services, for
distribution in all court houses, police stations, and prosecutors offices
AND in non-legal settings such as grocery stores, libraries, laundromats,
schools, and health centers.
*Write new or adapt existing protocol policies for police officers
specifying that domestic violence and sexual assault cases must be treated
with the highest priority, regardless of the severity of the offense
charged or injuries inflicted.
*Designate at least one staff member to serve as your agency's domestic
violence and sexual assault contact, with responsibility for keeping
current on legal developments, training resources, availability of
services and grant funds.
*Create a unit of employees with special expertise to handle domestic
violence and sexual assault cases
*Identify and meet with staff and residents from local battered women's
shelters and rape crisis centers to discuss their perceptions of current
needs from the law enforcement community. Solicit suggestions for
improving the law enforcement response to these crimes.
police if you hear screaming or violence from a neighboring apartment or