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TAKE PLEDGE

I pledge to take action to end domestic violence. To...

  • Learn about the facts, warning signs, and educate myself and my community.
  • Speak up against discrimination and violence to break the stigma.
  • Support survivors by reassuring them they are not alone, that help is out there.
  • Listen to survivors without judgment, reassuring their trust and safety.
  • Donate my time or funds to support programs helping victims overcome traumatic experiences.
  • Empower survivors to seek financial independence through programs like Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women.

Self Love is Doing the Work

When you practice self love, you are continually naming and claiming all of who you are — even the scariest parts. It’s about developing your capacity to be aware, authentic and intentional in every aspect of your life. In doing so you’ll build greater self compassion and also enhance your ability to offer compassion to others.

Self love can only come from a place of self understanding and affirmation. Journaling can be a very helpful tool when it comes to self reflection. It forces you to bring clarity to your thoughts and feelings and also captures them for you to revisit later.

Here are 5 self reflection prompts. Each day these week, open your journal and write for 20 minutes in response to one of these prompts. Make no mistake: these are big, tough questions. Don’t let them freak you out. Just write what naturally comes to you and hold back the desire to edit.

One of the most difficult tasks for any woman is learning how to practice self love. When you're also a survivor of a pas trauma such as domestic violence, child abuse, poverty or addiction, learning to love yourself can be challenging. But it's also one of the most important parts of your healing journey.

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The Beginner's Guide to Self Love

Do the Work: 5 Daily Journal Prompts

Pledge to End
Violence Against Women

  1. What values, beliefs, personality traits, interests or outlooks have defined who you are in different stages in your life? Are there any common threads that seem to weave through every chapter?
  2. Which of your core beliefs, traits, interests or outlooks did you adopt for the sake of others, and which did you choose for yourself—in other words, who are you when no one is looking?
  3. Think about three times in your life when you felt a significant amount of joy, peace or accomplishment. Do these experiences have any elements in common? What might that say about you as a person?
  4. What parts of your past cause you the most embarrassment or pain? How does that relate to the values you named above? Does it confirm or challenge what you believe about yourself?
  5. Think about the relationships you have with other people. Which relationships feel the easiest? Which ones feel more difficult? What is the connection between these relationships and the beliefs you hold about yourself?

The Pledge

I pledge to take action to end violence against women. To...

Learn about the facts, warning signs, and educate myself and my community.

Speak up against victim-blaming, discrimination, and violence to break the stigma.

Donate my time and funds to help survivors build a better life for themselves and their families.

Connect survivors to empowerment programs that break the cycle of violence.

Listen to survivors without judgment, affirming their trust and safety.

Encourage survivors to seek and build financial independence. 

Reassure survivors they are not alone, that we're here to help.


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