Posted by Aaron Agulnek

created at: 2011-02-28On March 6, I proudly took the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day pledge with my own little twist, that “From this day forward, I promise to be part of the solution in ending violence against women (and all victims of domestic and dating abuse).” I am grateful to work as the Director of Government Affairs at the Jewish Community Relations Council in Greater Boston (JCRC) and will use this platform and visibility to lift up my voice.
 
Many people instinctively feel that domestic violence is only a women’s issue: Women are the victims and women are the advocates. But it is more nuanced than that. This is everybody’s issue. We all have a stake in the safety and security of our community and we all have an obligation to be advocates.
 
There is also a sense of otherness that is associated with domestic violence. Only “those people” are impacted by domestic violence, not people like me, not people in my community, not my friends. This fiction surrounding the typical domestic violence victim, perpetrator, and scenario is a myth that needs to be busted.

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