Cambridge Domestic Violence Campaign's Action Phase Kicks Off
Photo Caption: City officials, community outreach workers and representatives from various city departments and community agencies that participated in the 21 Days of Questions, 365 Days of Action Domestic Violence awareness campaign.
City Councillor Marjorie C. Decker hosted a reception Monday, Jan. 28 in the Office of Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis to thank the various city departments, community agencies and community outreach workers that participated in the domestic violence awareness campaign, 21 Days of Questions 365 Days of Action, launched in the fall of 2012. The campaign encouraged community discussion around the topic of domestic violence, asking questions like: What would happen if every one of us in Cambridge started to talk about Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and different forms of Abuse in Relationships? What if YOU, your friends, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers could be part of a whole new way of creating community change: by asking questions to mobilize action?
The entire Cambridge community was invited to participate in the 21 Days Question Campaign from Oct. 17 through Nov. 7, 2012 asking such questions as WHY do we have violence in our relationships and in our homes? WHAT causes it? WHO is affected? HOW do we stop it?
In 2013, 365 days of action will begin. The questions from the 21 Days Campaign will be used to understand the community’s concerns, motivate action and drive change related to the topic of domestic violence. The key questions will be presented back to campaign participants in small and large gatherings, online and via media so they can weigh in on the key issues Cambridge should focus on. Together, community members and city leaders will examine existing resources to implement new strategies to address domestic violence in the City of Cambridge. Together we will determine what more is needed and what roles we must all play to make our community a safer and healthier place for everyone.
After thanking the campaign participants, Councillor Decker concluded by saying, “We’ve asked the questions, we’ve laid the groundwork and now the real work begins.”