Violence is a part of our everyday lives. It is everywhere. It is glamorized on television and in music videos and lyrics. It happens in our homes, in our communities and all over the world. We have become accustomed to hearing about violence and we must continue to raise awareness regarding the unacceptable violence in our environment in order to prevent violence, tolerance and desensitisation.
I am often asked why I love my job and my answer is quite simple “Because I am able to help”. I often receive very confused looks as my title “Executive Director” doesn’t quite explain what I do. My positon with Roads to End Violence is very multi-faceted and enables me to promote and encourage discussion and reflection around the issues of violence. When I work with young kids in schools and community groups I often introduce myself and then declare that “I have the best job in the world”. I say this simply because I do! I get to talk to individuals, young and old, and help shape their perspective of violence. I bring awareness to the issues and help foster an understanding that violence is wrong and unacceptable and this, to me, is helping!
Helping others understand that violence, in all of its forms, is inherently wrong. Helping victims of violence understand that they have the power to stand up, speak out and get help. Helping kids realize that actions have consequences and that we all have to respect one another in this world. Helping teenagers and young adults recognize the signs of a healthy (and not so healthy) relationship. Helping others understand the importance of acceptance for all individuals and appreciation for diversity. Helping older adults understand the signs of neglect and abuse. Helping others understand that violence prevention is EVERYONE’s responsibility.
These are just some of the many reasons why, I love my job.
Knowledge is power and REV will continue to advocate and provide information around the issue of violence, in the hopes that someday, violence will not be glamorized, accepted or tolerated and that there will be a time when violence will no longer be a part of our everyday lives.