Global Family Day and the Year of the Child

As we’ve mentioned before, even though Christmas and the New Year are a wonderful time for friends, family, and good memories, they can also be one of the most stressful times of the year resulting in increased exposure to violence and abuse. Often it is women and children who are the most affected.

An article from the Herald Sun, a case of domestic violence every 10 minutes at Christmas – police, provides an example of the increased violence exposure. The article shared data that authorities expected more than 100 cases of domestic violence to occur on Christmas day alone.

The Washington Times also shares an article that cites New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as two of the most dangerous days of the year for domestic violence. “According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, domestic violence reports increase as much as 30 percent on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.”

So, it is essential that we keep this in mind as we enter the New Year.

A great way to get started helping prevent these cases of violence is Global Family Day, where people share a day to promote global peace and giving. Celebrated Jan. 1 of each year, Global Family Day aims to support pledges and awareness about nonviolence. Individuals and families can share their message of peace and hope through personal pledges of nonviolence and care for the needy. This is especially important for us to remember now as the holidays are ending and new resolutions are being made; it is so important that we stop this continual exposure to violence because:

            “Each year millions of children are exposed to violence in their homes and communities. Exposure to violence, particularly multiple exposures, can interfere with children’s ability to think and learn and can disrupt the course of healthy physical, emotional, and intellectual development.”

And a great example of one community that is taking a stand against this violence exposure is in Northeast Indiana. This community is dealing with the aftermath of the tragic murder of a 9-year-old girl. They want to raise awareness about violence, promote prevention, and ensure the safety of children by calling for 2012 to be the Year of the Child.

As we make our resolutions this January, we should all keep in mind this message of peace to protect our children, families, and communities from exposure to violence and its consequences.


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