- Call the police if you see or hear evidence of domestic violence.
- Support a friend or family member who may be in an abusive relationship. Learn more about how to help.
- Volunteer at a local domestic violence shelter or other organization that helps survivors or works to prevent violence.
- Raise children to respect others. Teach children to treat others as they would like to be treated.
- Lead by example. Work to create a culture that rejects violence as a way to deal with problems. Speak up against messages that say violence or mistreating women is okay.
- Become an activist. Participate in an anti-violence event like a local Take Back the Night march. Tell your congressional representatives that you want them to support domestic violence services and violence prevention programs.
- Volunteer in youth programs. Become a mentor. Get involved in programs that teach young people to solve problems without violence. Get involved with Choose Respect or other programs that teach teens about healthy relationships.
- Ask about anti-violence policies and programs at work and school. At work, ask about policies that deal with sexual harassment, for example. On campus, ask about services to escort students to dorms safely at night and other safety measures.
Explore other publications and websites
- Be an Active Bystander (Copyright © Virginia Tech) — Use this website to get tips on preventing violence by creating a culture of bystanders who are engaged in ending violence.
- Coaching Boys Into Men Playbook (Copyright © Family Violence Prevention Fund) — This guidebook provides strategies for parents, teachers, coaches, and other role models to teach boys about violence against women in an effort to prevent it.
- Controlling Anger Before It Controls You (Copyright © American Psychological Association) — This publication provides information on the nature of anger, how to manage the expression of anger, and useful strategies for problem-solving.
- State Sexual Assault Coalitions — This publication offers a list of addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers of coalitions across the country that help with sexual assault.
- Take Action (Copyright © Break the Cycle) — This website has links on how young people can get involved in ending violence in their community, school, and life.
- Violence Intervention and Prevention Program (Copyright © American Academy of Pediatrics) — This website is a database of violence intervention and prevention materials and programs that can be searched by age group, audience, category, and keyword.
- Violence Prevention — This website provides information on the impact of violence, risk factors for violence, and effective prevention tips. It also addresses intimate partner, sexual, and youth violence.
Connect with other organizations
- Adults and Children Together Against Violence – ACT
- Futures Without Violence
- Know More. Say More.
- Men Can Stop Rape
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
- Start Strong
Content last updated May 18, 2011.
Resources last updated May 18, 2011.