"We can't be SILENT about this anymore!"
- Rose V.
Breaking the SILENCE
For the past 6 years we have been raising awareness on Domestic Violence, Human trafficking and show how these problems affect families and communities. What make us different is Our inspirational strategies to prevent Violence by including the men in the conversation. Debating one of the questions in our workshop, how can we stop violence in the family and brake the cycle because children of violence become violent as well or more likely to become a victim.
Healthy relationship starting in High school because statistics show that. Young women between the ages of 16-24 in dating relationships experience the highest rate of domestic violence. We have encouraged any effort that would include healthy relationship as part of the school curriculum. Also empower the mothers on how to talk to their children.
As a note, dear friends, sponsors and partners, thank you for collaborating with us to promote, support and execute our mission and vision. Without your help, the cause would just be a vision unrealized. To the Extraordinary Men of Atlanta, their spouses and friends: Our heartfelt gratitude to every single one of you for standing with us at International Women of H.O.P.E.; and for joining us to give a voice to domestic violence. Yes, violence in any form is unacceptable. Let's continue to invest in the transformation and prevention. We are very encouraged by your support.
A special thanks to Jerry and his company for donating toward sponsoring the girls' tuition. For every investment in the girls not only gives them the opportunity of a better tomorrow, it also helps their mothers from the alternative.
We are a solution!
International woman of h.o.P.E
October Women Awareness Fundraiser
International Women of H.O.P.E. strategizes to prevent violence of any forms towards women and girls. First by education, second by having the men involved in the conversation, third by conducting workshops that aimed to transform lives and change the narrative for the families and communities. Please hope you will find in your heart a reason to donate so we can fulfill the call as we continue our mission to be a force of change here in the States, in Haiti and wherever our resources can reach.
We define domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
Physical Abuse: Hitting, slapping, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair pulling, etc are types of physical abuse. This type of abuse also includes denying a partner medical care or forcing alcohol and/or drug use upon him or her.
Sexual Abuse: Coercing or attempting to coerce any sexual contact or behavior without consent. Sexual abuse includes, but is certainly not limited to, marital rape, attacks on sexual parts of the body, forcing sex after physical violence has occurred, or treating one in a sexually demeaning manner.
Emotional Abuse: Undermining an individual's sense of self-worth and/or self-esteem is abusive. This may include, but is not limited to constant criticism, diminishing one's abilities, name-calling, or damaging one's relationship with his or her children.
Economic Abuse: Is defined as making or attempting to make an individual financially dependent by maintaining total control over financial resources, withholding one's access to money, or forbidding one's attendance at school or employment.
Psychological Abuse: Elements of psychological abuse include - but are not limited to - causing fear by intimidation; threatening physical harm to self, partner, children, or partner's family or friends; destruction of pets and property; and forcing isolation from family, friends, or school and/or work.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Domestic violence occurs in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships and can happen to intimate partners who are married, living together, or dating.
Domestic violence not only affects those who are abused, but also has a substantial effect on family members, friends, co-workers, other witnesses, and the community at large. Children, who grow up witnessing domestic violence, are among those seriously affected by this crime. Frequent exposure to violence in the home not only predisposes children to numerous social and physical problems, but also teaches them that violence is a normal way of life - therefore, increasing their risk of becoming society's next generation of victims and abusers.
Sources: National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Center for Victims of Crime, and WomensLaw.org