E-wareness: Domestic Violence Prevention






(February 2015)


Campaign Coordinator: JoAnne Catran



As a survivor of Domestic Abuse–with two daughters having survived Domestic Abuse–the topic is very close to my heart. I know firsthand how widespread this particular illness is and how seldom it is discussed.  Most victims do not discuss the abuse due to both fear of threats being carried out and being convinced they are the problem. “If only I had done, looked, spoken differently, things would be good.”  “I was bad, in the wrong.”  Following the abuse typically came large gifts, so I was good again–for now, at least.

Over 80% of those involved in Domestic Abuse never leave the situation for the same reasons, as well as facing threats of being hurt or killed, or losing their home or children.

Domestic Abuse is initially very difficult to identify until too late or when already deeply involved.  It usually begins with promises, being pulled away from family or any support system, threats, verbal abuse, emotional abuse–then on to physical and sometimes sexual abuse.  As a woman raised in a healthy, structured family, the thought of being a victim seemed so very far off, something I would only see in stories. Never in my wildest dreams would I believe I would be touched by this.

Greater general awareness and education regarding Domestic Abuse is so very necessary, as well as greater support for new beginnings for those involved in Domestic Abuse.


Facts about domestic violence and its effects on women, men, children, and families, from Safe Horizon’s website:


30 Shocking Domestic Violence Statistics That Remind Us It’s An Epidemic:


Information about non-fatal domestic abuse from the U.S. Department of Justice:


Very important information regarding what to look for in a relationship where Domestic Abuse is escalating, and how to read the initial signs:




In this TED Talk, Jackson Katz, an “educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist who is a pioneer in the fields of gender violence prevention education and media literacy” argues that domestic violence and sexual abuse are men’s issues, not just women’s issues.  This presentation calls on men to be as proactive in speaking out again domestic violence as women, if not moreso.

Our Club, let by E-wareness Campaign Coordinator JoAnne Catran, hope this serves as a call to action that everyone will follow.


If the embedded video is not visible, please click here to view it on the TED Talk website.



We will end this program with action steps for you to take, and how to apply the information we have shared to help others.


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5 responses to E-wareness: Domestic Violence Prevention

  1. Regarding Joanne’s message…I, too, survived domestic abuse. Years of therapy and the love of family and friends gave me the strength I needed to make positive changes in my life. I support Joanne’s efforts and am available if needed to help her project.

  2. Thank you for sharing your personal story, Joanne. I believe we can reach out to more people with our E-wareness campaign so that we can educate and protect each other. These is enough love to go around. Let’s spread the love.

  3. Looking forward to learning more.
    Thank you for addressing this

  4. Joanne, I admire the fact that you have reached a point where you can share your experience and reach out to help others. You and your daughters are strong women. This is a very difficult situation to detect, to help and to stop, but I’ll learn all I can and do what you teach me. There is no excuse and it needs to be stopped. Thank you for your candor.

  5. Thank you, JoAnne, for being a voice for those in silence, and a bright light for those in darkness. We must all work together to prevent domestic violence, recognize it, and assist victims. You are a brave woman, a survivor, a warrior!

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