Become An
Upstander


RECOGNIZE. RESPOND. ACT.

March 8 is International Women’s Day — a day when people around the world pause to recognize the progress made in the advancement of women. It is also a time to consider some of the key issues still facing women and their families, such as domestic violence and sexual assault.

For this reason, the Avon Foundation for Women partnered with leaders in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault to provide the tools and knowledge to help you speak out in your community.

Our goal is to help you recognize the signs of abuse and start conversations to end the silence around domestic violence and sexual assault in your workplaces, schools, homes, and communities; respond to help someone who may be experiencing domestic violence, dating abuse or sexual assault; and take actions to help end the violence.

Domestic violence is much more than physical abuse. It can include verbal, sexual, mental, and financial abuse. It knows no boundaries: it affects anyone, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. In fact, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in the U.S. are victims at some point in their lives.

Many people do not know how to support someone who is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault. Learn how to start the conversations that help family, friends, or colleagues who are impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. You can make a difference. It starts with you. Safely intervene to prevent or stop domestic violence and sexual assault.

Act: Why Bystander
Training is Needed

Until bystanders, friends, and family feel comfortable speaking out and stepping in to help victims, silence will prevail. The Avon Foundation for Women launched its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program in 2004 to begin this journey, but we still have a lot of work to do.

Resources
for Help

If someone you know needs help, resources are available.

Disclaimer

This website was created for educational purposes only. If you are in an emergency situation, please call 911. If you need professional advice, you can reach a trained advocate 24/7 through the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or TTY 800-787-3224. The Hotline will help to connect you with a local domestic violence or sexual assault services provider to develop the best safety plan for you or your loved ones.