Every year, about ten million people in America suffer from domestic abuse, and many more cases remain unreported. Unfortunately, many people do not realize exactly how much violence is occurring. It is crucial to make sure that these numbers drastically lower as people become aware of the daily injustice that many endure each day. It is time to break the silence.
That is why organizations like Ode to the Moon work to raise awareness on the issue of domestic violence. “Ode to the Moon is a project that uses visual art, yoga and music to bring awareness on the topic of domestic violence…We give victims a voice that will be heard, offer a clear path to reach out for assistance and wash away the shame often attached to this issue.”
According to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence, “On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.”
Each day, there are thousands of reported cases of domestic abuse in the nation. “On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.”
Too many people are suffering from abuse and violence, and are in need of support from Ode to the Moon. By raising awareness of the issue, the organization helps victims find a way to safety and potentially prevents further harm.
In 2014, Ode to the Moon began to raise funds as a way to break the silence. “Ode to the Moon has offered its services…all over New Jersey, New York and Europe to help victims of domestic violence in our community and all over the world.”
The non-profit organization offers education on domestic violence and provides discussions on the topic to make sure awareness is spread. It also helps victims connect with assistants and professional services to make sure they get the care they need.
The organization aims to, “invoke more conversation on domestic violence, create a safe environment where the topic can be discussed, spread domestic violence awareness with…events and campaign, educate people on how yoga can start a healing process, direct people in need of services to local organizations that can help their situation, and educate people on what these organizations can do for them.”
Though Ode to Moon is working hard to help victims of domestic violence, raise awareness about the situation in America, and end the stigma around the subject, there are many things that others can do to help.
“You can make a difference. Teach yoga for us, guest one of our events in your yoga studio, donate or be on the stream team, all in the name of Ode to the Moon.” However, the biggest contribution the organization suggests a person can make is becoming an advocate and educating the world on the reality of domestic violence.
People must spread the word to help the victims of domestic violence. “Why? Because peace starts at home, and if there are people out there who aren’t safe in their home, what can they count on?” You can become an advocate today. You can be someone that victims of domestic abuse can count on. You can break the silence.
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