- Domestic Violence Resource Center: provides direct service to victims.
- Albuquerque Family Advocacy Center: provides direct service to victims.
- NM Coalition Against Domestic Violence: offers referrals and education.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: for advocacy and to find services
- AARDVARC, And Abuse, Rape, Domestic Violence Aid, and Resource Collection: provides resources for NM by county
As Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Girls grow courageous and strong through a wide variety of enriching experiences, such as field trips, skill-building sports clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships.
In Girl Scouts, GIRLS CHANGE THE WORLD!
Girls Change the
world through community service and through take action projects.
- Community Service projects address an issue and provide a short-term solution, with a short term impact. For example, Abby and her troop decide to help an uninsured family who lost their home in a fire, this is the issue. The troop’s solution is to collect clothes, household goods, and food for the family.
- Take Action projects identify the root cause of the issue and have long-term benefits and sustainable support. To make their project sustainable, Abby and her troop Organize community groups and/or community members to establish an ongoing clothes closet for families facing a crisis.
and Community Needs
Our Girl Scouts provide thousands of hours of community service and Take Action projects in their communities. In an effort to share community needs and to inspire new ways to serve the community, we will be introducing a new issue in the community that girls, troops, and families can learn more about. A new issue will be shared monthly. We encourage you to:
- Discover, learn more about this issue in your community
- Connect with organizations or people in the community to get guidance on how you can make a difference
- Take Action in your community, carry out your service to the community, making the world a better place
April: Domestic Violence
No age is too young to start learning about domestic violence; volunteers should be cautious to share information on sensitive topics in an age-appropriate and non-threatening manner. Education and awareness are powerful tools in reducing incidences of domestic violence.
Domestic Violence affects us all in ways we may not be aware.
Studies show that in 50 - 70 % of cases where one parent is
violent/abusive to another parent, the children are also physically
abused. When domestic violence occurs in the family children are
frequently absent from school which can cause them to fall behind in
their school work, something which they may never be able to catch up.
Girls whose families are involved in domestic violence very often
become withdrawn and cry easily, they may also have few friends
causing them to become further isolated. Boys who live in families
with domestic violence may have a difficult time controlling their
anger and can lash out at the people around them; some may even be
cruel to their pets. Many adult offenders witnessed domestic violence
Did you know:
- 3.3 Million: Estimated number of children in the U.S. each year that witness violence against their mother or female caretaker by a family member.
- 40-60: Percentage of men who abuse women who also abuse children.
- 1 in 5: Number of teenage girls who said they have been in a relationship where the boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if a breakup was to occur.
- 90-95: Percentage of domestic violence victims who are women.
- 175,000: Number of workdays American employees miss each year on account of domestic violence.
resources for further research and inspiration
Ideas for girls of all ages:
- find out where victims can go for help
- be able to contrast a healthy relationship
- with an unhealthy one
- read a book or watch a movie about
- domestic violence
- list alternatives to violence in
- resolving family disputes
- complete a service project to benefit a youth shelter or victims of domestic violence
- What else could you do to discover, connect, and/or take action?
Addressing Sensitive Topics with Girl Scouts