Twitter: More than “What Are You Doing?”

April 20, 2009

As a person relatively new to Twitter, I have spent time watching several conversations in the past, but last night I felt compelled to participate. Fem 2.0 hosted a Tweetchat on domestic violence and popular culture, moderated by Heather Holdridge (@holie1) and Joanne Bamberger (@punditmom). Domestic violence is being heavily discussed in the blogosphere, especially after the Chris Brown/Rihanna situation was broadcast. The conversation was quite informative. Participants shared their own stories and ideas on how to educate young people, looked for advice for their own children, and examined the messages presented in pop culture about domestic violence.

When asked how domestic violence is portrayed in pop culture, participants listed several movies, books, and television shows, such as Mad about You, Sleeping with the Enemy, What’s Love Got to Do with It, and Crazy Love. Right now, the best domestic violence education campaign features actress Keira Knightley, in an intense domestic violence PSA, which I find quite realistic. The Community Action Council cited a statistic that 1 in 4 girls will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime. Everyone seemed to want more education campaigns from organizations, including those that focus on bullying and other related issues.

My only concern was the conversation last night focused on male/female domestic violence. Domestic violence can occur between family members and in same-sex relationships as well. It is important to teach all of our children that violence does not solve the issue; it just makes a bigger one. To view the discussions on Twitter enter the hashtag of #fem2 in TweetChat or even in the Twitter search field.

This subject is important to everyone, but it is important to me because in 1987 I was a victim of stalking and a vicious attack by my high school boyfriend and was unable to attend my senior year of high school. For domestic violence victims in the United States, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800/799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 800/787-3224.

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Claudia Richards By:   |   April 20, 2009


  1. Avatar Ashley Carr says:

    Thanks for sharing Fem 2.0’s TweetChat discussion on domestic violence here (including sharing as another way of looking at Twitter as a tool). Your past personal experience was both scary and heartrending.

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