Preventing domestic violence cannot happen without a strong, committed community. Talking to friends, neighbors and community members about the issue of domestic violence–and how it affects us all–is the only way that we can truly eradicate it.
While our mission is to grow strong communities to prevent domestic violence, we also recognize that this cannot happen without also dealing with current situations of violence between partners and family members. We know this isn't easy, we know that it takes leadership, dedication, love and sometimes bravery to get involved, and so it is critical to have the support that you need to help a friend or loved one who is in a violent situation. We strive to be that support.
If you know or suspect someone you know is in a violent relationship, or if you are in a violent relationship, we're here to help: read tips for starting a conversation, how to be supportive, caring and helpful, places that you can turn for shelter and community. But most importantly, don't turn away. Start the conversation, and make a difference in your life, in the life of someone that you care about, and in your community.
Close to Home believes that the everyday objects that people overlook can be powerful tools to build connections and relationships between people. That is why the 2006 “What’s Your Tool?” Campaign is focused on transforming everyday objects into powerful domestic violence prevention tools. We are shifting the way people see an everyday cup of coffee or a phone call into opportunities for reaching out to people, building connections, and lending support.