This Wednesday, AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse), a Houston-based non-profit that provides life-saving services to victims of abuse and their families, will launch its first-ever social media campaign – #EndAbuse.
This campaign was started by my friend Esther Freedman, the founder and designer of cuteheads. She gathered 18 Houstonians ranging from bloggers to shop owners to NFL players to help share the message about Domestic Abuse. We learned some sobering facts about Domestic Abuse and heard the personal story of someone who has found safety thanks to AVDA’s support. As impressive as this group is in person, they are even more beautiful on the inside. I am so proud and humbled to be a part of this very important campaign.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men in the United States have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. The Texas Department of Health Services and the 2014-2015 Harris County Community Plan reports that more than 250,000 Harris County women are in domestic violence situations.
Collaboration is a powerful force, and if we all use our voice, those who need it most will be heard. The campaign’s goal is to increase awareness of the issue of domestic violence in Houston and to inform victims of domestic violence as well as the public about AVDA’s services that are available to assist victims, their families and the abusers. We were photographed by Ashley Cordoza so we can use our group and individual photos to spread the word on social media.
We ask that you join us this Wednesday, May 27th and post a photo of yourself with the #EndAbuse sign on social media using the tag #EndAbuse.
Since its inception 35 years ago, AVDA has provided advocacy, safety planning, education and legal representation to over 80,000 victims of domestic abuse while also offering intervention services to over 10,000 domestic violence perpetrators. AVDA also works with at-risk teens, offering much needed life skills and discussion pertaining to family violence, dating abuse and conflict resolution to the residents of the Harris County Juvenile Probation Youth Detention Center.
To learn more/speak with Esther Freedman or Sherri Kendall, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-224-9911.