After The Lights Go Out feat. R&B/Soul singer Rahbi

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After The Lights Go Out feat. Mandeaux Shoes and T Smiley Productions

After The Lights Go Out feat. Aaron Sharp (CEO) of Mandeaux Shoes and TJ Futrell Jr (CEO) of T Smiley Productions.

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When staying home isn’t staying safe

As the surge in the Covid-19 cases continues, families are required to stay home to protect themselves and their communities. In March, especially stay-at-home orders were put in place, schools were closed, workers furloughed, laid off, or told to work from home for safety. However, the home may not be really a haven for many who experience domestic / family violence, which may include both intimate partners and children.

As of today, the lockdown is over, and restrictions have been lifted in most regions, the pandemic and its effects are still raging on, and the areas that have seen a drop in caseloads are experiencing a second or a third surge.

COVID-19 has not only caused the disconnection of many from community resources and support systems, but this pandemic has also created panic and widespread uncertainty. Such conditions may stimulate violence in families where it did not exist before and worsen situations in homes where mistreatment and violence have been a problem. Violence in the home has an overall cost to society, leading to potentially adverse physical and mental health outcomes, including a higher risk of chronic disease, substance use, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and risky sexual behaviors.

This pandemic has reinforced many important eye-openers: one situation can leave different impacts on different groups of the population. The abusers are empowered, and the victims have no place to go.  Inequities related to social factors of health have been magnified too. Moreover, the pandemic has exacerbated financial entanglement by causing increased job loss and unemployment, particularly among women of color, immigrants, and workers without a college education.  With people losing employment because of Covid-19, financial dependence on an abusive partner becomes extremely complicated.

This pandemic has shown the gap that needs to be filled to ensure that people who experience abuse can access support, refuge, and care when another disaster hits. 

Vani Bhatnagar
Creative Content Writer


Silently witnessing domestic violence

Six years old Jimmy closed himself in the bathroom for two hours when he heard his father shouting and threatening his mother. He has been a silent and fearful witness to such angry behavior of his father many times in the past. Jimmy only feels helpless and scared when his mother gets physically hurt by his father. He constantly lives with the fear that something may happen again and even he could be the target of abuse.

Not just in Jimmy, exposure to domestic violence can create a trauma experience in every single child and youth who witnesses it, and can damage their mental, social, and emotional growth. Some children learn to resolve their conflicts in violent manner, some lose the ability to feel empathy for others as keeping themselves immune to the pain their parents are undergoing becomes a means of protection from pain. Others feel socially isolated, unable to make friends as easily due to social discomfort or confusion over what is acceptable. These kids can feel emotional and physical "aftershocks" for months or even years. They can relive the event again and again in their minds, and be less able to function normally in their day-to-day lives. Some may become more aggressive, violent, and self-destructive. Children and youth exposed to violence tend to repeat violence they have experienced; they perpetuate a cycle of violence that can continue throughout future generations.

Considering these facts, many communities have come forward to help create more comprehensive systems of care to respond to the unique experiences and complex needs of such children and youth.
“Heels On The Move To Heal” (HOTMTH) has initiated programs and organized various events focusing the need to inspire hope and build confidence for life in such youth, besides supporting the organizations dedicated to this cause. "Youth On The Move To Heal" by HOTMTH promotes awareness and educates youth on domestic violence while giving them a platform to be creative to protect these silent but vulnerable witnesses to family violence.

Vani Bhatnagar