Most Inspiring Moments from Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2015!

Pittsburgh Steeler William Gay in Purple Cleats

National Domestic Violence Awareness month helps raise the voices of victims and survivors across the country, and underscores the need to break the cycle of violence in our country. While October has slipped away in a blink of an eye, I want to take a moment to share some of my favorite moments from the past month.

It’s moments like these that inspire us to continue our work here at FUTURES!

  1. Pittsburgh Steeler William Gay wore purple cleats to honor his mother, a victim of domestic violence who was killed when he was only eight years old. Although he was fined almost $6,000 by the NFL for altering his uniform, thousands of supporters stood by his decision.

  2.  NFL legend-turned-broadcaster Terry Bradshaw spoke out boldly about his intolerance for NFL players who commit acts of domestic violence—and our program “Coaching Boys Into Men” was mentioned in a Washington Post article about Bradshaw.

  3. FUTURES launched our fourth annual RESPECT! Challenge, inviting the public to stand up to online harassment by creating online acts of respect. Be an upstander—enter now for a chance to win $5,000 for a charity of your choice!

  4. Blue Shield of California Foundation launched a compelling social media campaign called  #EndTheSilence.  Our very own founder and president Esta Soler helped spread the word!

    Esta Soler End The Silence

  5. The University of Alaska—Fairbanks interim Chancellor Mike Powers apologized for his University’s mishandlings of sexual assault. He said he was inspired to speak out after watching a screening of the powerful documentary “The Hunting Ground.”

  6. Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed a bill to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and protect vulnerable people and their families.

  7. FUTURES held the 16th annual “Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day,” to raise awareness about the intersection of domestic violence and health care. Advocates, organizations, and health care practitioners from across the country participate!