October is domestic violence awareness month. One in four women will be directly affected by domestic violence, and among college-aged women the chances of being directly affected by domestic violence increase to one in three. To raise awareness, The Junior League of Northwest Arkansas has kicked off its Little Black Dress Campaign this week. During this campaign women are encouraged to wear the same black dress for five consecutive working days to show the limits that domestic violence puts on someone’s resources, options and employment opportunities.
This also opens up the conversation about domestic violence. There is an estimated 136,00 women in Northwest Arkansas who have experienced domestic violence and in 2014, ten people were killed as a result of domestic violence.
The Junior League has created a sticker to wear and share on social media with the hashtags #LBDvsDV and #JLNWA. You can also donate directly to the campaign here. The JLNWA is an organization of women who are committed to voluntarism and developing women into leaders and trained volunteers. To learn more you can visit their website.