...violence prevention is often focused on telling them what ‘not to do’, or acting as if all men commit violence against women. This viewpoint fails to recognize the innate qualities and experiences men can use to prevent violence that affects everyone. Additionally, it fails to recognize that anyone can commit or experience violence, which means women can be perpetrators and men can be survivors.
"As a father to a daughter I believe it’s my duty to not only talk the talk, but to walk the walk. Everyone deserves to live free of fear from domestic and/or sexual violence. By speaking out I hope to be a steward of change in order to do just that."
Sales Manager at Konica Minolta
"When thinking of domestic, intimate partner and sexual abuse, most only think about the physical. Yes, there are many forms of abuse — further, each form is intertwined with others. It is important for me to take a step back and think about abuse on a systemic level. Abuse inherently involves complex issues related to economic security, mental health and chronic illness. Unsurprisingly, these complex sets of problems are nearly invisible to middle-to-high income individuals; this is not the case for those in the low-income bracket. Recognizing these intersections should be important to everyone, when working toward building a safe community. I believe prevention through education would address these "accepted" problems. I don't believe these types of resources should be offered to only those in need. Exposing everyone to how systemic inequities affect a community's health will bring Fairbanks closer to solidarity and safety."
Project & Office Manager
at UAF Development & Alumni Relations
Friends and family members have experienced violence in relationships, which left them feeling lost, unsure how they fell into their situations, or wondering why they acted differently when being in unsafe relationships than how they had predicted they would. Having compassion allows a way out. I've witnessed people turn their lives around once they knew they were supported in their decisions to be healthy and safe again."
Executive Director of the
North Star Community Foundation
"Domestic violence is wrong and I believe 100% preventable. Unfortunately though, domestic violence is a serious and widespread problem that needs to be dealt with. No one should be hit and no one should have to live in fear or feel they have nowhere to turn. I do hope that I am, and will continue to be a positive role model in standing up against domestic violence. It should never be tolerated and if you know someone who might be in a bad situation, you owe it to them and yourself to try and help-and that can be hard. And that’s one of the reasons to be thankful for the Interior Alaska Center for Non Violent Living."
Radio Broadcaster at Magic 101.1 FM,
"Domestic, intimate partner and sexual violence are problems that affect us all. It is important to me to work to stop passing the violence on from generation to generation. My mother went through domestic violence but I'm raising my own kids to know boundaries and not allow this from anyone."
Houston Contracting Company