With countless studies showing that people learn best in different ways, DomesticShelters.org has begun to supplement its substantial database of textual learning tools -- like articles on the many aspects of domestic violence, checklists, tool kits, risk assessments, statistics and surveys -- with video.
The first video is titled "What is Domestic Violence?" The website plans to add a new video about every two months for the foreseeable future.
"Some people would rather watch and learn versus read and learn, and the video format will appeal to our visitors who are auditory and visual learners," explains Anita Hildreth, executive director of Theresa's Fund, the 501(c)3 that operates DomesticShelters.org.
Presented in a classroom-like chalkboard style, the videos also are intended to be useful to educators, shelter spokespeople, support group leaders and domestic violence advocates in their presentations and groups. The videos are accessible on the DomesticShelters.org videos page and the website's YouTube Channel.
"Videos are more likely to be shared than textual content, according to numerous reports including Facebook's report that videos are shared 12 times more frequently. Adding the video medium to what we offer the community also will help us in our pursuit of building awareness about domestic violence," added Hildreth.
DomesticShelters.org is the fastest growing website in North America on the topic of domestic violence. It launched in August, 2014, offering a searchable online and mobile database of domestic violence programs to make finding help faster and easier, and has since expanded to include over 500 articles on domestic violence, checklists, risk assessments, toolkits, comprehensive statistics, widgets, recommended books, surveys, and now videos.
About Theresa’s Fund
Theresa’s Fund is an Arizona-based 501(c)3 non-profit charity started in 1992 by Preston V. McMurry, Jr. At a time when domestic violence wasn’t yet a headline, Theresa’s Fund focused on changing the landscape of domestic violence services in its home state through grant making, board development and fundraising for Arizona-based organizations like East Valley Child Crisis Center, Sojourner Center, Florence Crittenden, Emerge, UMOM, and West Valley Child Crisis Center. In 2014, it developed the DomesticShelters.org concept as a way to expand its reach to people across the U.S. and Canada. DomesticShelters.org is the first online and mobile searchable database of programs and shelters in the U.S./Canada, and a leading source of helpful tools and information for people experiencing and working to end domestic violence.