Womanspace's annual Communities of Light event sheds light on domestic violence and shows that communities will stand up against abuse.
“Domestic violence and sexual assault are not just women’s issues [...] Violence against women is a human issue, and a social problem. It’s up to the community to take a stand against abuse.” This bold and truthful statement comes from an organization called Womanspace that helps women, men, and families impacted by domestic and sexual violence. For more than 30 years, Womanspace has been providing education, resources, and a variety of counseling and housing services for victims of domestic violence.
Womanspace does an excellent job with education by defining abuse in all its forms, with examples that can help people recognize the signs of abuse. They offer opportunities for volunteering through their Domestic Violence Victim Response Team (DVVRT) and the Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) Advocate Team. If you live in New Jersey, you can take advantage of the training offered to join one of these teams, with recruitment going on now.
Victims of domestic violence often remain silent, with many cases of sexual assault and domestic abuse going unreported. Womanspace hosts an event every year in December that peacemakers can draw inspiration from to help spark conversations about domestic violence.
During the winter solstice in December, Communities of Light™ candles line the streets of neighborhoods creating a powerful symbol of hope for women and children impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. Communities of Light raises awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault and the services available to help victims.
This type of peacemaking event can unite schools, churches, municipalities, and neighborhoods in solidarity for an end to domestic violence and sexual assault. It is Womanspace’s hope that families who struggle with violence in their homes will see that their community stands with them and learn that help is available.