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Chances are you know someone who has been personally impacted by domestic violence whether or not they've shared their nightmare with you. It's sad but true: it could be an acquaintance, co-worker, close friend, family member, or it might even be you.
- 3 women are murdered every day by a current or past male partner, reports the National Network to End Domestic Violence
- 38+ million women to date have experienced domestic physical intimate partner, says the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- 1 in 4 women will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner during their lifetimes, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline
With such shocking realities, talking about domestic violence isn't something we can avoid in conversation any longer. In fact, it's not just an issue that only women need to address and discuss. What's more is that many don't realize that men can also be victims of domestic violence.
If we are to see positive change men can and should take a leadership role among their friends and male family members, taking a stand that domestic is never okay. Furthermore, men can act as role models for boys and young men by example showing how to practice healthy relationship behavior.
Join me and participate in the #BeTheSolution campaign by uploading your own photo to the Blue Shield of California Foundation's Facebook page.
Clearly, it's the right thing to do for both men and women to stand together on domestic violence and take part in the #BeTheSolution campaign that Blue Shield of California Foundation is currently running. You are also encouraged to stay up to date on foundation news surrounding this important issue by following Blue Shield of California Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.
If hot air balloons can fly, so too we can work together to each do our part to help put an end to domestic violence. Time to get this balloon up in the air!
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Why do you think it is important for men to be active in the domestic violence discussion and in prevention efforts? What ideas do you have for making this tough topic easier to talk about with the goal to promote positive change?
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