How Social Media Can Help End Domestic Violence

In today’s society almost everything can be done using the Internet. We pay our bills, do our shopping, read the news, and catch up with friends all online. Websites such as Facebook and Twitter have become virtual worlds in which we spend an increasing amount of time during our daily lives. Not only do they allow us to keep track of what is going on in our own and other peoples’ social networks, but they have also become an important marketplace where companies and organizations can easily connect with their target publics.

Nowadays, with just a click of a button you can help support a cause and raise awareness about issues that affect our community every day, such as domestic violence. One of the most crucial functions of these social media networks is to bring awareness to organizations that are looking to spread the word about what they do, such as Hubbard House.

Hubbard House, a certified domestic violence center serving Duval and Baker counties, raises awareness about domestic violence by using Facebook and Twitter to spread the word. Domestic violence is a pervasive issue in our community. In 2009, more than 7,800 incidents of domestic violence were reported to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Hubbard House provided services to more than 6,200 clients. One key to prevent and end domestic violence is awareness. The use of the Internet makes it easier for anyone to be an advocate for the cause.

How can you help?

Get connected with the cause at:

www.facebook.com/hubbardhouseinc

www.twitter.com/hubbardhouse

www.hubbardhouse.wordpress.com

http://jacksonville.com/users/inside-hubbard-house

Join the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Purple Ribbon Campaign:

Individuals are encouraged to connect with Hubbard House on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hubbardhouseinc or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hubbardhouse and change their social media profile picture to the Hubbard House Purple Ribbon profile picture to show their support for ending domestic violence.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the Hubbard House hotline at (904) 354-3114 or (800) 500-1119. 

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE

Founded as the first domestic violence shelter in Florida in 1976, Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 5,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic childcare, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.

By Vicky Krook

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