#1Thing Campaign*

The #1Thing that will end domestic violence is our collective power.

Domestic violence impacts millions of people each year, but it can be prevented. It requires the collective voice and power of individuals, families, institutions, and systems – each whose “one thing” adds a valuable and powerful component to transforming our communities.

The action component of Awareness + Action = Social Change is a natural extension of the awareness and education opportunities that individuals and communities are engaged in during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and throughout the year. By integrating action steps, no matter how small, we can build our communities’ capacity to take the lead in changing social and cultural norms that support gender-based violence.

The #1Thing message helps individuals and communities to articulate and understand how our collective “one things” can lead to the social transformation we all desire to see. Many people care and understand that domestic violence is a serious public health problem, but they don’t take action. They want to do something but believe their actions can’t make a difference, but imagine if 7.4 billion individuals each commit to doing one thing – this collective action will definitely create real social transformation. Change can start with only #1Thing.

For example:

  • Speak out when I notice microaggressions

  • Use social media to raise awareness among my peers

  • Reach out to my local domestic violence program to learn how I can help

  • Tell someone they matter

  • Share my story (publicly or just with a single trusted loved one)

  • Donate money or time to a community-based nonprofit

The #1Thing Community Pledge is a call to action, an invitation, a voluntary choice, and an opportunity to affirm your commitment to end domestic violence. Taking the pledge says that you will help end domestic violence by pledging to do #1Thing. Click the link or the emblem below to take the pledge.

Click here for more resources about domestic/dating violence.

*Visit Domestic Violence Awareness Project for additional information about DVAP’s #1Thing