Domestic Violence Pledge
. . Enhance a Life.
Take the Pledge.
Get involved and pledge your support for the “WE CAN. . .” campaign
and “Stand together against domestic violence!”
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WE CAN. . .
Stand together against domestic violence!
I Pledge to. . .
- Promote a society where decency and respect dominates.
- Intervene when we see destructive behaviors that can dehumanize and humiliate others.
- Defend those who cannot defend themselves by taking action.
- Stand with courage, lead with conviction, and speak with one voice to say “no more.”
Take the. . . “We Can!” Pledge
As concerned citizens, we know the realities of domestic violence.
We have taken a hard look at the facts, and the facts are. . .
That millions of women and children are beaten, raped, sexually harassed, and stalked every year.
These women and children live in fear of what tomorrow might bring.
Today “We Can”. . . Stand together against domestic violence.
Because we are the friends, families, and associates of those who have suffered,
We have made a commitment to turn our private concern into public action.
- We will promote a society where decency and respect dominates.
- We will intervene when we see destructive behaviors that can dehumanize and humiliate others.
- We will defend those who cannot defend themselves by taking action.
- We will stand with courage, lead with conviction, and speak with one voice to say “no more.”
Because “We Can”. . . Stand together against domestic violence!
Tome la Promesa. . . “Nosotros Podemos!”
Como ciudadanos preocupados, nosotros sabemos las realidades de la violencia domestica.
Hemos tomado una mirada dura a los hechos, y los hechos son. . .
Que millones de mujeres y niños son golpeados, violados, acosados sexualmente, y acechos cada año.
Estas mujeres y niños viven en temor por lo que quizás traiga mañana.
Hoy “Nosotros Podemos”… Tomar una posición contra la violencia domestica.
Porque somos los amigos, las familias y los socios de los que han sufrido.
Hemos hecho un compromiso para girar nuestra preocupación privada en la acción pública.
- Promoveremos una sociedad donde decencia y respecto domina.
- Intervendremos cuando vemos conductas destructivas que pueden humillar otros y que se sientan menos humanos.
- Defenderemos los que no pueden defender a si mismos por tomar medidas.
- Nos pararemos por valor, dirigiremos con convicción, y hablar con una voz para decir “no más.”
Why take the Pledge. . .
Here are some reasons you might want to take the “WE CAN” Pledge.
- An estimated 4.5 million physical assaults are committed against U.S. women by intimate partners annually. (U.S. Department of Justice, 'Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey,' July 2000)
- Approximately half (51.2 percent) of the women raped by an intimate and two-thirds (65.5 percent) of the women physically assaulted by an intimate said they were victimized multiple times by the same partner.
(U.S. Department of Justice, 'Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey,' July 2000)
- Eighty-five percent of domestic violence victims are women.
(Bureau of Justice Statistics, Fact book: Violence By Intimates, 1998, NCJ-167237)
- Violence against women is present in every country, cutting across boundaries of culture, class, education, income, ethnicity, and age.
(United Nations Children’s Fund, 'Domestic Violence Against Women and Girls,' Innocenti Digest, No. 6, May 2000)
- Approximately one in five female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.
(Silverman, Raj, Lorelei, Mucci, and Hathaway, 'Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls and Associated Substance Use, Unhealthy Weight Control, Sexual Behavior, Pregnancy, and Suicidality,' Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 286, No. 5, 2001)
- Each year, thousands of American children witness intimate partner violence within their families. Witnessing violence is a risk factor for long-term physical and mental health problems, including alcohol and substance abuse, being a victim of abuse, and perpetrating intimate partner violence.
(Felitti, et al. 1998)
- For incidents known to police, 3 percent of spouse and intimate partner assaults also include a child abuse victim, while 13 percent of child abuse victimization includes a spouse or other intimate partner assault.
(Finkelhor and Ormrod, 'Child Abuse Reported to the Police,' The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, May 2001)
- On average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country everyday.
(Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, 'Intimate Partner Violence and Age of Victim 1993-99,' October 2001)
- Seventy percent of all known domestic violence related deaths in Arizona involve the use of a firearm.
(Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Related Homicides 2001)