The Safety 4 Survivors Hashtag Is Pulling These Crucial Domestic Violence Conversations “Out Of The Shadows”

The Safety 4 Survivors Hashtag Is Pulling These Crucial Domestic Violence Conversations “Out Of The Shadows”

A hashtag campaign under the title of Safety 4 Survivors began on Twitter on Tuesday with prominent women advocacy groups, political figures, and other social media users joining the conversation. The campaign was first created by The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), which tweeted, "Welcome to the #Safety4Survivors chat as part of #DVAMWeekOfAction!" #Safety4Survivors," Southworth tweeted. "I have friends who are survivors of abusive relationships," Stein tells Bustle, "and their disability was used against them by their abusers. "Amplify [disabled survivors'] voices," Stein advises. Another group to join the Safety 4 Survivors hashtag was Casa de Esperanza, an organization that tackles domestic violence in Latinx communities.

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A hashtag campaign under the title of Safety 4 Survivors began on Twitter on Tuesday with prominent women advocacy groups, political figures, and other social media users joining the conversation. The campaign was first created by The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), which tweeted, “Welcome to the #Safety4Survivors chat as part of #DVAMWeekOfAction!” As part of the #DVAMWeekofAction, NNEDV holds “Twitter Chat Tuesday” and Tuesday’s topic was creating a safe society for domestic abuse survivors.

Executive vice president of NNEDV and founder of The Safety Net technology project, Cindy Southworth, explains what the Safety 4 Survivors hashtag is about and what it aims to achieve. “We know that to truly change culture and end domestic violence,” Southworth says, “we must move this terrorizing behavior out of the shadows and into our everyday conversations. Advocates and activists have been recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness in October since 1981. NNEDV’s Twitter chat today was trending in 3 major cities due to the creativity and dedication of countless partners helping us to raise awareness and end violence.”

On the surface, the Safety 4 Survivors hashtag has no direct association with Sunday evening’s Me Too hashtag, a campaign which highlighted the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault. But both seem connected by the dismal fact that much of the sexual abuse survivors experience takes place in domestic or familiar contexts. According to research compiled by anti-sexual assault organization, RAINN, at least 25 percent of sexual violence is committed by a former partner while 45 percent is committed by an acquaintance.

With the hashtag’s reach into multiple cities, Safety 4 Survivors could reinvigorate cultural conversations on the autonomy and rehabilitation of survivors. “In a digital age,” she says, “there really isn’t a dividing line between online and offline spaces. Speaking out on social media may indeed reach more of your friends…

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