National No More Week usually falls between the first and second week of March. This year, it takes place from March 3 to 9. It is an annual campaign against domestic abuse and sexual violence that aims to rouse individuals, organizations, and communities to make a change. The event is an opportunity for everyone, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and communities, to unite to stop domestic abuse and sexual violence. The U.N. defines domestic abuse as a pattern of behavior designed to gain or retain power and control over an intimate partner in any relationship. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, financial, or psychological, and it frequently has a detrimental impact on the other person.
History of National No More Week
There has been a long silence on domestic abuse due to social constructs and a lack of information and support for domestic abuse victims in many parts of the world. A 2009 report in Northern Ireland showed that domestic abuse is the least likely of all violent crimes to be reported to the police. A survey of 28 European Union nations was undertaken in 2014. Only 14% of women reported their most serious event to the authorities, indicating a significant underreporting problem. It is safe to say that the statistic is even higher in countries in Asia and Africa which are red zones of domestic abuse and violence.
The No More project and National No More Week were founded in March 2013 by a collaboration of advocacy organizations to stop domestic violence worldwide. No More is a project of the charity called NEO Philanthropy. In September of that same year, they launched a media video campaign, “No More PSAs,” featuring celebrities to pass the written message. In 2016, No More helped raise over $1.2 million for grassroots organizations through the No More Challenge, an online fundraising competition held in 2016 and 2017.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought an upsurge in the number of domestic abuse cases. Reports show that stressful lockdown conditions triggered violence in homes. There was a recorded rise in intimate partner violence in Africa, Asia, and Europe. There was a 131% increase in domestic violence in areas with strict lockdown measures in India. Victims were trapped inside their houses with their abusers, with no means of escape, leading to further underreporting.
The fight against domestic abuse continues to rage for the safety of every woman and man in such conditions. National No More Week is here to get everyone to say “NO MORE!” to domestic abuse and bring about positive change on an international, societal, and individual level.
National No More Week timeline
A report shows that domestic abuse is the least likely of all violent crimes to be reported to the police.
The No More project and National No More Week movement begins.
An online fundraising competition gathers funds for the No More movement.
Lockdown restrictions trigger more cases of domestic violence.
National No More Week FAQs
When was No More Week founded?
National No More Week was founded in 2013.
When is National No More Week observed in 2022?
In 2022, it was observed from March 6 to 12.
Can men suffer from emotional abuse?
Yes, emotional abuse is experienced by both men and women.
How to Observe National No More Week
Attend a domestic violence education event near you
Attend a domestic violence/sexual assault education event near you. You can also bring a friend or family member with you.
Join the online campaign
Help create awareness by sharing related events, conversations, and experiences with friends online. You can also participate in donating to online fundraising and flying the hashtag #NoMoreWeek to help end domestic violence.
Wear the blue No More symbol
You can have the blue No More symbol printed on a plain t-shirt and wear it to show solidarity with the anti-domestic violence movement. Or download a sticker from the No More official website and attach it to your outfit.
5 Important Facts About Domestic Abuse
The majority of domestic abuse incidents go unreported to the authorities.
A woman is assaulted every nine seconds
Disheartening statistics show that a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds in the U.S.
Women who are at the highest risk
According to statistics, women between the ages of 20 and 24 have the highest likelihood of becoming victims of domestic violence, according to statistics.
Abuse is not always physical
Domestic abuse may not always be physical and could be emotional, financial, or sexual.
A sobering statistic
Roughly 85% of domestic violence victims tend to be women.
Why National No More Week is Important
It promotes positive change
We have the opportunity to change people's thinking and teach them not to tolerate abuse or to be abusive in any form. Domestic violence is a significant issue in every country, and we have the opportunity to promote positive change on a societal and individual level.
It gives a voice to the silenced
Many domestic abuse victims live in fear and silence. We urge them to step forward and say, "Well, No More!" and give a call for help by openly sharing their experiences.
It supports victims
Domestic abuse victims can now obtain the care they need to recover and get back on their feet. During these holidays, several charitable groups that help domestic abuse victims come to light.
National No More Week dates