Everyone deserves to exercise their rights as citizens. Participating in the voting process is an important way to be heard as we face the many changes that affect our lives, including women’s access to healthcare and systemic racism.
For victims and survivors of domestic violence, safety can also be a factor when making decisions around voting. We join the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) in emphasizing safety. Create a safety plan around getting to and from the polls, if necessary. Below are some safety tips adapted from a recent NNEDV blog post.
Safe Voting Tips for Survivors:
- Vote during a time when an abuser is busy.
- Ask a friend for support.
- Do research beforehand and vote quickly.
- Practice self-care before and after voting.
- Ask a poll worker about secret voting.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please call our 24-hour hotline, 340.773.9272 for crisis intervention and to speak with a caring volunteer victim advocate.