Domestic Violence Awareness Month: How to Help

Five ways to stand up for victims of abuse.

A little girl sets a white rose on one of the 166 silhouettes representing French women victims of violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. (Photo: AFP/Getty)
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart.

Each day in the U.S., 10,000 domestic violence victims will be turned away for lack of resources, and over 22,000 calls will be placed to domestic violence hotlines.

As if this wasn't enough, Topeka, Kansas, recently made the news after deciding that decriminalizing domestic violence would be a good way to save money.

If you would like to make a difference during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, here are five ways to help.

1. Sign the Petition to Stop the Decriminalization of Domestic Violence in Kansas

Sign the petition to let officials know that their current budget must not be balanced on the backs of abuse victims.

2. Become Part of Verizon's Digital Hashtag Art Piece

By simply adding your photo to Verizon's digital hashtag art piece, Verizon will donate $1.00 (up to $50,000) to Casa de Esperanza, a nonprofit organization working to end domestic violence in the Latino community. The mosaic celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month.

3. Donate Your Old Cell Phones

Not sure what to do with your old cell phone? By donating your cell to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, you can help the environment and fund programs that empower victims of domestic violence.

4. Buy Lip Gloss From Haughty Cosmetics

After overcoming domestic violence, Michelle Coyle wanted to reach out and help others who are going through a similar situation. Today she is helping other girls at risk of violence with her new makeup line, Haughty Cosmetics. Half of the proceeds from each product sold goes to domestic violence charities.

5. Support Teaching Teen Dating Violence and Abuse Education in Schools

Nearly half of teen girls who have been in a relationship say they have been victims of verbal, physical, or sexual abuse by their boyfriends. You can help by endorsing education in your state.

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