Domestic Violence: 6 Ways Celebrities are Raising Awareness, and How You Can Help

October 28, 2015

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and AAUW isn’t alone in recognizing everyone’s right to healthy, happy, and safe relationships — on campus, in our homes, and at work. Over the past year, several celebrities have used their voice as a platform for awareness and advocacy on this critical issue.

You might not be able to write your own song or PSA about it, but there are still ways that you can help end domestic violence and sexual assault. Find out how to get involved at the bottom of this post.

Warning: Some of these videos include discussion and depictions of sexual assault, domestic violence, and their effects and aftermath in ways that may be emotionally upsetting.

1. One Thing by the It’s On Us Campaign

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AAUW is a proud collaborator with this campaign, now in its second year, which asks people to pledge to actively participate in being a solution to domestic violence. This latest public service announcement features Zoe Saldana, Nina Dobrev, the Haim sisters, Minka Kelly, Jessica Szohr, and other stars.

2. Until It Happens to You by Lady Gaga

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Gaga released this powerful and unsettling music video in coordination with the release of The Hunting Ground, a new documentary about campus sexual assault.

3. By the Grace of God by Katy Perry

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Perry dedicated her performance of this song at the 2015 Grammy Awards to survivors of domestic violence.

4. Steel Here by Tisha Campbell Martin

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Martin bravely performs in this music video with the apology of her attacker written on her chest.

5. A Little Note by Laura Baron

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Baron’s song depicts the story of a woman who breaks free from an abusive relationship.

6. Take Your Time by Sam Hunt

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Hunt refuses to be a bystander in this video (though physical intervention isn’t usually the best answer outside of a music video).

Feeling motivated to make change? Even though we observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, our efforts to end sexual assault and violence are, and should be, year-round. Use AAUW’s tool kit for ending campus sexual assault and sign up to become a Two-Minute Activist for the latest updates on our policy priorities and opportunities to act on these issues.


Actress Kerry Washington and basketball player Kevin Love from the “It’s on Us” video

Ending Campus Sexual Assault Tool Kit

Use these resources to raise awareness and help make campuses safe for all students.

women in a crowd protesting and holding signs

Become a Two-Minute Activist

Make your voice heard in Congress! It only takes two minutes.


Why I Fought for VAWA 20 Years Ago, and Why It Still Matters

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