The amount of awareness campaigns is increasing. Along with this we see more awareness months, and days more than ever. This begs the question, what is awareness? And why does it matter? At The Shelter, we care about awareness a lot, there are many things we do to raise awareness about domestic violence, and sexual assault. Learn about how we help raise awareness, and learn about ways you can help.

 

What is awareness, and why does it matter?

 

Public awareness is distributing information to the masses; getting them to understand a subject better than they did before. It is also about starting conversations; if you wish to see change people need to be talking about what changes can be made, and how to make those changes.

Awareness campaigns can be used for a wide variety of things: private and public businesses use them to get people to buy their products/services, health organizations use them to inform people about different diseases and other health problems, governments use them to let people know what kind of services are available to them in their community, and non-profits use them to spread information, ignite passions, gain support, increase volunteering and promote social and policy change.

Speaking of passions, different people are passionate about different things. This could perhaps also be a basis of awareness, letting people know what you are passionate about. This is also what makes it important. There have been many issues throughout history that we have made progress on, largely due to passionate people who brought awareness to their community, and eventually the world. If there is a problem that you wish to see change, awareness is often the first step.

 

What The Shelter does to raise awareness:

 

Here at The Shelter our passion is advocating for victims and survivors of domestic violence, and sexual assault. Awareness is part of this and includes; informing what domestic violence and sexual assault is, teaching what a healthy relationship is, sharing statistics, etc. Here are some of the things we do:

 

Community events

  • LGBTQ Pride Festival. The Shelter is committed to being a safe place for all, and we have come to understand that intimate partner violence is not exclusive to heterosexual relationships.
  • Great Sleep-Out Against Domestic Violence, community members get together for this fun event in support of The Shelter.
  • Prairie Peddler
  • Safe Summer Fridays, community partners get together for a non-violent and family friendly block party.
  • Nite At The Races, a night out with community members to have dinner, socialize, and watch the races in support of The Shelter.
  • North End Community Improvement Collaborative Girls lock-in.

 

Presentations

  • Local high school classrooms, to talk about healthy relationships.
  • Churches
  • Local businesses
  • Social Service Agencies
  • etc.

Information tables

  • Wal-Mart
  • Health clinics
  • Richland County Health department
  • Mansfield Police Department
  • College campus, North Central State College & The Ohio State Mansfield
  • Richland County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Richland Mall
  • Mansfield Hospital
  • Bookstores
  • Third Street Clinic

awareness

 

Blogging & social media

 

Community donation drives

We set up boxes around the community for item donations. Also, we do backpack collections around the start of the school year for children.

 

What you can do:

  • Wear The Shelter attire: wristbands, t-shirts, ribbons, etc.
  • Volunteer
  • Like, and Share social media posts
  • Invite us to your community events! We want to be there!
  • Read our blogs, and talk to your loved ones about healthy relationships.

 

 

 

 

Sources:
Beck, J. (April, 2015). What good is raising awareness? The Atlantic. Retrieved from: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/what-good
Tannenbaum, M. (March, 2013.) Will changing your Facebook profile picture do anything for marriage equality? Scientific American. Retrieved from: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/psysociety/marriage-equality-and-social-proof/
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