What you can do to help
Silence and lack of knowledge about domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA) play a large part in why they persist. Simply wanting to help and learn more is a huge step toward ending DV/SA. Once you understand how to recognize domestic violence and sexual assault, you can learn how to respond to someone who may need support, and also take steps to prevent these crimes going forward.
One important thing to remember: You are not alone in this. Hotlines take many, many calls from concerned friends and family who do not know what to do. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. These can be difficult, delicate conversations and it’s natural to want some guidance.
- Resources for Male Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault & Abuse | Men Can Stop Rape
- Resources for Family & Friends of Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse | 1in6
- Online Resources for male survivors | 1in6
- Men Can Be Victims of Abuse, Too | The National Domestic Violence Hotline
College and High School Resources
- End Rape On Campus’ educational resources on Title IX, The Clery Act, Campus SaVE Act, The Bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act, and Yes Means Yes
- Students Active For Ending Rape On Campus’ (SAFER) Research & Reports
PLAN FOR ACTION
- NO MORE and Breakthrough’s Organizing Guide for Students to equip students with tools to help them plan their activism around relationship violence, sexual assault, non-consensual photo-sharing, violence and discrimination around trans students and other forms of gender-based violence
- Know Your IX’s Campus Organizing Toolkit and resources for high school students
- The One Love Foundation Escalation Workshop illuminates the warning signs of an unhealthy and potentially dangerous relationship
- Host a Quilt Making Workshop to join FORCE’s Monument Quilt blanketing the National Mall, made of stories from survivors of rape and abuse as well as allies. with 10-15 people using these resources! Serve NO MORE blue donuts or incorporate the symbol into your quilt square to represent our shared commitment to creating future when ‘Together we can end domestic violence & sexual assault.’ Click here to learn more.
- Loveisrespect High School and Middle School Educator Toolkits Educator toolkits provide guidance to middle school and high school educators who want to lead these discussions in their schools about healthy relationships, communication, conflict resolution and more, and can be used on their own or as a supplement to a larger curriculum
- Green Dot’s evidence-based bystander-intervention training for violence prevention
- PreventConnect Campus’ online resources focused on the primary prevention of sexual assault and dating violence
- Student Success’ Prevention program Every Choice is a reality-based online program aimed at reducing campus sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking focused on bystander intervention and created in partnership with Green Dot and used on over 300 colleges and universities
- Black Women’s Blueprint Project – Through their Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (BWTRC), the Black Women’s Blueprint Project aims to secure political and economic equality in American society.
- The Clery Center for Security on Campus