#1Thing

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(Shutterstock) The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence encourages individuals and communities to share messages to help prevent domestic violence.

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Domestic violence awareness campaign focuses on collective power

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence is asking for one thing: to help make social change.

The campaign #1Thing encourages formation of a collective power in order to extinguish domestic violence.

According to NRCDV’s website, the Domestic Violence Project Advisory Group developed the ‘Awareness + Action = Social Change’ campaign to acknowledge and promote the importance of ‘being part of the equation’ to end domestic violence.

DVAP expanded this campaign to develop a message that promotes unification of individuals, families and institutions to share their ‘one thing’ to prevent domestic violence.

The goal with the ‘one thing’ messages is to help individuals and communities understand how by articulating collectively, the combined messages could lead to social transformation.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence 2012 report, Oklahoma was ranked third in the nation for women killed by men in single victim-single offender homicides.

In 2016, the Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board reported 105 people lost their lives because of domestic violence, with 95 identified as homicide victims and 10 identified as homicide perpetrators who died as a result of suicide, law enforcement or bystander intervention.

Out of the 95 homicide victims, 15 were children with 12 under the age of five.

The report also stated national research suggested that murder-suicide cases mostly involve intimate partners, usually a man killing his wife, girlfriend, ex-wife or ex-girlfriend them himself.

The review board found that intimate partners perpetrated 80 percent of all murder-suicides cases with 100 percent of the partners being male. They rarely identified a case in which a female first kills her intimate partner or former intimate partner and then herself.

NRCDV offers resources for their #1Thing campaign as well as other information about domestic violence awareness and prevention.

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation also provides resources through their Family Violence Prevention Program.

For more information:

nrcdv.org/dvam/

www.mcn-nsn.gov/services/family-violence-prevention-program/

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233.

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