Domestic violence isn't just "something" that happens to "someone" we may read about on the news. This is an issue affecting our friends, family, neighbors, and sisters we see in the masjid every day. It is the leading cause of injury to women more than car accidents, muggings and rape combined. One in four will be affected in her lifetime.
"It's none of my business."
These are five words that keep domestic violence as the secret killer costing thousands of lives, billions of dollars in legal work, medical and mental health treatment and not to mention the safety and security women naturally seek in a marriage.
I was one of those sisters who dared not speak of what truly happened in my home. It took a dear friend of mine to contact my mother to inform her that I was in desperate need of help.
Now I've decided to be a leader in helping other women by spreading awareness about the impact of domestic violence and by sending donations to Muslim organizations dedicated to supporting the women and children who have left abuse.
I invite you to stand with LiaWear United in Purple this year.
Wear Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Day, also known as Purple Thursday, is observed on Thursday, October 25th, 2018. It has been observed Thursday of the third full week in October since 2010.
Here's what you can do...
Show support for domestic violence awareness by:
1. Wearing purple. Use your clothing to start conversations with others about domestic violence. Awareness is key.
2. Share photos online of yourself wearing purple, and posting a fact, statistic or story. Use the hashtag #PurpleThursday.
3. Make a purchase from our Purple Shop which benefits organizations that work to support survivors committed to transformation.
What's more, you can combine wearing purple, sharing posts/photos and standing for survivors by entering our #PurpleThursday Photo Challenge. You will not want to miss this! Details coming tomorrow...