Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence is commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month with the release of the #RawTruthDV, a month-long campaign that sheds light on different experiences with domestic violence, harassment, and abuse.
“If we want to end the epidemic of domestic violence in our culture, we must have the difficult conversations and learn from all survivors,” said Kristen Faith, Executive Director and Founder of Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence. “This Domestic Violence Awareness Month and onwards, we are working with survivors, advocates and influencers to use the power of digital media and local events to start a dialogue, empowering survivors, raising awareness and taking action to break the silence against domestic violence.”
Nearly 3 in 10 women (29%) and 1 in 10 men (10%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by a partner and report a related impact on their functioning, as reported by the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
The #RawTruthDV campaign is a digital campaign utilizing creatives, videos and stories from survivors that cover an array of topics that speak to the realities of domestic violence relationships.
“We envision the Raw Truth initiative to be one of honesty, action, and progress. Here at BTS, we believe in harnessing creativity to ignite our ideas; we develop innovative ways to spread awareness, all while remaining consistent with our brand,” said Amy Jasinski, who leads Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence’s creative team. “When we value consistency as well as creativity, we provide a platform for our message to speak louder than ever before – with vibrancy and clarity. The Raw Truth campaign is an extension of that message, and we have faith that it will motivate those who deserve to move forward to break their silence and share their raw truths.”
Kristen Faith, founder of Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence, first broke her silence on Facebook in 2011 and built the organization to what it is today. Since then, the organization has empowered and encouraged others to break their silence and become a leading voice against domestic violence.
“Social media is a powerful tool to raise awareness and educate people on a variety of issues, such as Domestic Violence, said Brian Nguyen, Director of Social Media, “We hope through this campaign we can encourage and empower those who are in domestic violent relationships to know that they are not alone.”
To share your story please visit, www.btsadv.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are accepting written submissions but encourage those who feel comfortable to share a short video of their story. You may also post on your social media with the hashtags #btsadv and #rawtruthdv
If you or know of someone in a domestic violent relationship please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-787-3224.
About Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence
Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence is a national nonprofit organization predominately led by survivor-volunteers who serve victims, survivors, and families affected by domestic violence. Kristen understood the unmet needs of survivors and developed a unique organization that could bridge the gap in services between shelters, direct service providers, government agencies, academic institutions, businesses, and the community. Each program we offer is designed to empower, educate, and fulfill the needs of survivors and their families through our unique connective resources.
BTSADV compliments the services crisis shelters offer and assists in decreasing the number of times victims return to abusive partners. Recovering after abuse can be a lifelong journey. We are committed to addressing healing after crisis by providing a national network for survivors to connect, speak out, and advocate against abuse.