A culture of violence against women is growing in the Northeast Kingdom. From 2001 – 2010, our region experienced femicides at a rate more than two and a half times the state average. In 2012 alone, two murder/suicides and a murder involving sexual violence and stalking shook our community, and members of our Special Investigation Unit report an increase in sexual assaults, which is consistent with national trends.
Now more than ever, Umbrella feels it is critical to expand community capacity around prevention. One approach? The No Place for Violence Campaign.
No Place for Violence (NP4V) aims to confront and challenge the cultural tolerance of violence against women in the NEK, emphasizing the role everyone plays. As posters, promotional materials, press releases and public service announcements work to raise community awareness of the issue, bystander intervention efforts are the heart of the project. As a growing strategy for countering acts of social injustice, bystander intervention pushes cultural change outside the walls of formal advocacy organizations and builds a network of people with the ability to recognize dangerous attitudes and behaviors and the skills to safely intervene.
Interested in learning more about the project and how you can get involved? Contact Kerry at (802)748.8645.