Kira Kazantsev | #VOWtoEndIt for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
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#VOWtoEndIt for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Every October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join me in taking the #VOWtoEndit and let me know what you are doing to help the cause!


    You certainly have my allegiance and support for this most worthwhile platform. As a gay man, married to my beloved spouse for the past 34 years, we have seen all too often how things done in the name of “love” were brutal, hurtful, uncaring, and sometimes full of rage. Domestic violence is no stranger to race, gender, or sexual preference.

    October 11, 2014 at 11:50 am
  • Steve Smith

    It seems insane,esp. in America, that these things have to be addressed in such a widespread way.I know I have learned a lot from the Break the Silence page,like how I used to wonder why women who had money,fame,resources,would stay in an abusive situation,just did not make sense.Now I understand though how psychological it all is.The amazing thing is that in this country,in basic American culture,it all comes down to having respect,mutual respect.Empathy,in essence,the Golden Rule,treat others as you would like to be treated.Another thing that amazes me is just how many men will not speak out.I was raised to respect women,and I have always done my best to treat those I have known in relationships and as friends,right.I have had several female relatives,and some friends be abused,and worse,and the sheer numbers, just nationwide, are staggering,to say nothing of the world.For the mistakes that have been made around the world,it would be really nice to see this country take the lead in awareness and prevention of abuse against women,to make a stand that really matters beyond the politics.At its core this is an issue that affects everyone,after all, every woman,every female,is a loved one of someone,is someone’s mother,daughter,sister,niece,aunt,cousin,or a friend.I applaud you in your efforts.Blessings to you Kira for what you are saying and doing in your time as a goodwill ambassador,,,

    October 13, 2014 at 4:17 pm
  • Kira,
    I just completed reading your most recent blog and was struck by the statement that you made regarding October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month but all you see and hear is Pink. I lost my grandmother, Alma Lang, to breast cancer in 1977 and have many dear friends that have struggled with BC as well. I had the same thought the other day though about how familiar everyone is with the color Pink and the significance that is placed on it during the month of October. I have participated in Race for the Cure and I am overwhelmed by the difference that those dedicated to this cause make. It only reaffirms that Awareness and Knowledge lead to Change. I think sometimes it is far more easy to ignore that which is uncomfortable. If we pretend like it is not there then we don’t have to deal with the ugliness of it and admit that, too often, the victims and offenders are people that we are very close to. What hit me the hardest when reading your blog was this: “October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month but almost no one knows it….” “The color for Domestic Violence Awareness Month is purple. I see very little purple anywhere, no mentions on national media outlets, and no major events to speak of that are raising awareness.”
    “If not me, who? And If not now, when?” that is the question we should all be asking ourselves.
    I #VowtoEndIt by sharing this article and as many postings on Domestic Violence that I can until everyone’s new favorite color is Purple. Thank you Kira.
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    October 13, 2014 at 11:16 pm

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