At Airbnb, we are passionate about ​our mission of creating a world in which everyone can belong. Trust and security are critical to achieving this mission, and we work hard to build this among our hosts and guests, as well as in communities around the world.

Over the past months, we’ve partnered with leading national and regional groups in the U.S. and Europe to provide trainings and insights for our Airbnb community around empowering female travelers. We’ve worked with partners such as the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and Safe Horizon here in the U.S. to provide trainings around women’s safety and also to support the lifesaving work that these groups are doing everyday across the country.

Domestic violence is a devastating crime that affects women, men, children and communities around the world, and we all have a role to play in combatting it. October marks National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States, an important time to learn what we can do to protect and empower people who have experienced domestic violence, support local efforts and work towards an end to this crime. We wanted to share some specific opportunities to support the great work of our partners during this month

Combine your awareness with action to create real social change. Join the National Week of Action from Oct. 19-23. Each day, the National Network to End Domestic Violence encourages you participate in specific, tangible ways, like wearing purple on #PurpleThursday (and joining the Thunderclap to show your support http://nnedv.org/PurpleThursday) or talking to a friend or family member about domestic violence. Learn more and get involved here: http://nnedv.org/getinvolved/dvam/4540-week-of-action-2015.html

Through the #PutTheNailInIt campaign, Safe Horizon encourages men and women to show support for victims of abuse and pledge to take a stand against domestic violence. They are encouraged to do this by painting their left ring fingernail purple, the color of the anti-domestic violence movement, and by donating at safehorizon.org to help victims become survivors. Learn more here: http://putthenailinit.com/

We are proud to support and work with both of these groups in their ongoing efforts, and we’re grateful to the individuals and organizations around the world working to end domestic violence.  

Together we can make communities safe and belonging possible for all individuals.


This post was written by Anna Steel and Emily Gonzales