Raising awareness of the different faces of domestic violence or intimate partner violence (IPV)—a global issue involving a pattern of behavior where one party maintains control and power over the other—is a critical element of prevention work. Consequently, a heavy premium has always been placed by government agencies, nonprofits, and other stakeholders on spreading information about this form of violence against women because heightened knowledge is integral in changing behaviors, perceptions, and attitudes that encourage the perpetuation of IPV.
MAD21.org, an acclaimed 501(c)(3) nonprofit initiative founded to put a stop to domestic violence, has operated under the recognition that it is essential to educate the community on how to recognize abusive tendencies and seek help. In the years since its establishment, the Nashville-based organization has managed to cement a solid reputation and build a massive presence and continues to gain support for its vision to build one of the leading resources for healing and empowering people suffering from abuse.
Working at the grassroots level, MAD21.org assists and advocates for those affected and employs strategically designed interventions, such as providing care packages, food services, educational materials, referrals, and court advocacy for survivors. Intensifying its efforts in reducing the unprecedented level of domestic abuse in the United States, this brainchild of Wilmecia Robinson recently announced the launch of Living to Love, a major campaign set to heighten awareness of the red flags that signal a potentially abusive relationship.
Living to Love, whose major component is to advise the youth on the toxic impact of unhealthy relationships, hopes to make a difference in countless lives and communities. In addition, it seeks to help people understand red flags and how they can serve not only to alert victims to extricate themselves from the situation as quickly as possible but also prompt action from family members and friends.
At the heart of this purpose-driven endeavor, as well, is the goal to empower abuse victims by teaching them that love does not hurt and their circumstances were nowhere near their fault. It also aims to address the negative feelings that victims often drown themselves in. “Survivors experience an escalating sense of entrapment that causes them to feel helpless, hopeless, utterly alone,” shared MAD21.org founder Wilmecia Robinson.
With the Living to Love initiative gaining a foothold, more and more individuals are taking a step toward the limelight to express their support and emphasize the importance of prevention work. Marcus Steele, the bereaved brother of a woman who experienced a brutal death at the hands of her partner, is among those who are hopeful that the campaign will be able to highlight the stark reality of abuse.
MAD21.org knows that the fight against domestic violence doesn’t end after the completion of the campaign, as IPV is set to affect millions in the years to come so long as today’s culture of violence, ignorance, and impunity remains alive. But amid this harsh truth, the Living to Love proponent will continue to go all-out in helping build a future free from abuse and violence.
Learn more about MAD21.org by visiting its website.