SAN DIEGO, Oct. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- – In the past five years, more than 6,000 victims of domestic violence have been murdered and millions more have reached out to domestic violence shelters for safety and emergency aid. Break the Silence against Domestic Violence™ (BTS) is serving up a provocative, in-your-face awareness campaign that, to some, will be just as shocking.
Kristen Paruginog, Founder of BTS, explains. "Some people might find our campaign offensive, but it's no more offensive than the reality of domestic violence. It's our responsibility to break the silence and become a voice for victims and survivors."
The October "F*CK DV" campaign has two components:
- a riveting, visually-graphic series of 10 survivors reenacting their abuse through photography
- an F-Bomb Campaign Video that will engage hundreds of thousands of people across the world
"We need everyone to be engaged in the fight to end domestic violence," says Ms. Paruginog. "We make it cool to talk about the problem, so more young people can feel compelled to join the conversation." BTS has more than 54,000 social media followers, and one of their campaign goals is to see that number skyrocket.
Individuals, businesses and community organizations can participate in the campaign:
Become an annual financial donor. "Ten dollars a month will help survivors build a new life," says Ms. Paruginog. Donations made in October will put BTS's Guide to Healthy Relationships curriculum into the hands of community resources, so that individuals are better equipped to recognize and respond to domestic violence.
Follow BTS on FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram. Every new follower will bring BTS closer to the goals of 70,000 FaceBook, 7,000 Instagram and 1,000 Twitter followers. "Every follower is a voice against domestic violence," says Ms. Paruginog.
Request a workshop. Kristen Paruginog and BTS's Board President, Audrey Mabrey, regularly speak about their personal experiences with domestic violence. Their workshops help educate the public and transform the lives of domestic violence victims and survivors.
About Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence™
BTS, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 2011. Each year, BTS funds survivor retreats, support groups, an advocate-run hotline, and a number of other initiatives to transform the lives of survivors through personal and financial empowerment. Learn more at www.breakthesilencedv.org.
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SOURCE Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence