Community Service Project

Hi my name is Ivy Jones. I am an 8th grader at Durham School of The Arts. I am an advocate for ending cyber bullying and domestic violence.  My project is to  be an effective voice in the community to raise awareness on these important issues adversely   affecting our community.  

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior which involves violence or other abuse by one person in a domestic context against another, such as in marriage or cohabitation. Intimate partner violence is domestic violence by a spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner. Domestic violence can take place in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. Domestic violence can take a number of forms including physical, emotional, verbal, economic and sexual abuse, which can range from subtle, coercive forms to marital rape and to violent physical abuse that results in disfigurement or death.Women ages 20 to 24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.

The issue of domestic violence is that people do not report and let abuse continue. More than 4 million women experience physical assault and rape by their partners. More than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes every year.Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence also suffer abuse or neglect at high rates.There are several negative outcomes from Domestic violence. For example, domestic violence victims face high rates of depression, sleep disturbances, anxiety, flashbacks, and other emotional distress. Most women brought to emergency rooms due to domestic violence were socially isolated and had few social and financial resources. Domestic Violence not only affects men and women, it affects children also. Children exposed to domestic violence at home are more likely to have health problems, including becoming sick more often, having frequent headaches or stomachaches, and being more tired. Children are more likely to intervene when they witness severe violence against a victim, which can place a child at great risk for injury or even death. Not speaking up against Domestic Violence puts victims at a high risk for severe problems. Please Speak up, speak out, and make a difference for victims of domestic violence.

What is Cyber bullying?

Cyber bullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites. Examples of cyber bullying include mean text messages or emails+, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles. Cyber bullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source. There are several negative outcomes of cyber bullying. For example, kids might Use alcohol and drugs, Skip school Experience in-person bullying, Be unwilling to attend school, Receive poor grades and Have lower self-esteem. The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey finds that 15% of high school students were electronically bullied in the past year.

The issue of cyber bullying is that many teens suffer in silence. If you or victim are being cyberbullied, report it to an adult immediately. To prevent cyberbullying, Help them be smart about what they post or say. Tell them not to share anything that could hurt or embarrass themselves or others. Once something is posted, it is out of their control whether someone else will forward it. Encourage kids to think about who they want to see the information and pictures they post online.

Taking Action

As community service, my group and I put sticky notes with the domestic violence hotline on them. Also for cyber bullying, we made posters to raise awareness to our fellow middle schoolers.