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Liz Claiborne Inc., and its national partners (Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence,, The National Domestic Violence Hotline, Redbook, Seventeen and Safe Horizon) have nationally designated September 25, 2007, as "It's Time to Talk Day" to bring awareness to the important issue of domestic violence.  They hope that by filling the air waves, the phone lines, the schools and the heart of American commerce with information on this pervasive problem, they will raise enough awareness that eventually this horrible epidemic will be wiped out.  And you are invited to join them!

Nationally, "It's Time to Talk Day" will include the following activities:

Talk Radio Row

Liz Claiborne will again sponsor Talk Radio Row. Talk Radio hosts from across the nation will devote several hours of airtime throughout the day to address the issue, featuring interviews with U.S. leaders, experts and celebrities who advocate domestic violence awareness. Leading Talk Radio Hosts from around the country will spend a day at Liz Claiborne headquarters in mid-town Manhattan with the sole purpose of interviewing individuals about domestic violence - how to prevent it, what bystanders can do, why men need to be involved in prevention, how victims can get help, and more.

SafeWork 2010

CAEPV Member Safe Horizon is planning the national launch of SafeWork 2010, an initiative to help corporate leaders keep their employees safe and protect their bottom line.  

CAEPV has been a national partner of SafeWork since 2005, and we will be proudly joining Safe Horizon on September 25th for a day full of exciting events.  The launch corresponds with "It's Time to Talk Day", and Liz Claiborne Inc., The Corporate Alliance to End Partner ViolenceSafe Horizon and their partners are planning activities including a CEO roundtable, a training session and a film premiere.  

Directed by James Ponsoldt, who wrote and directed a feature film called Off the Black which debuted at the most recent Sundance Film Festival, the new film (Un)Safe not only enables a deeper depiction of the impact of domestic violence on a corporate executive, her children, colleagues and company, but also ensures that SafeWork trainings will have a wider reach in corporations throughout the country.   The film is possible through the generous support of CAEPV Member Altria Group.

The film premiere for (Un)Safe will be hosted by actress Mariska Hargitay of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit on the evening of SafeWork’s National Launch date, September 25th.  A question and answer session with the director and cast will follow the screening.  The film will also be used for the first time earlier that day as part of a SafeWork training and information session.

CAEPV Activities

 In Central Illinois, Radio Bloomington and local CAEPV members are co-sponsoring "It's Time to Talk Day" to raise awareness throughout local communities. This year the focus is safety and wellness in relationships--whether they are at home, in the workplace, online, in dating relationships, in the faith community, in schools, or the community in general.  Local CAEPV members will be participating in "It's Time to Talk Day" in the following ways:

  • Holding a press conference to announce "It's Time to Talk Day" at the DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington, IL.
  • Co-sponsoring a conference on teen-dating violence awareness and online safety with the 11th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council
  • Holding a "Lunch & Learn" program on youth, bullying and exclusion for parents in Downtown Bloomington, sponsored by the Soroptimist of Bloomington-Normal
  • Extensively running a special television show about domestic violence in all residence halls at Illinois State University (September 21 - October 1).
  • Illinois State University's School of Social Work students designed domestic violence and sexual assault resource cards to distribute that also contain a pledge regarding the issue.
  • Local governments and universities issuing proclamations of "It's Time to Talk Day" and encouraging citizens to take a moment to talk about domestic violence
  • Distributing educational materials in workplaces*
  • Distributing domestic violence awareness brochures to clients*
  • Holding seminars for employees 
  • Providing information to employees via the Internet and Intranet
  • Writing informational articles for employee newsletters*
  • Working with local schools to share the message about safety and wellness
  • Providing Public Service Announcements and radio interviews (Radio Bloomington)
  • Sponsoring a half-page ad in the local paper, The Pantagraph on "It's Time to Talk Day" encouraging the community to take a moment to talk
  • Providing a healing opportunity event for survivors of domestic violence (closed to public)
Local CAEPV Resources
Additional Sample Resources
  • Sample Proclamation for Local Government (2007)
  • Redbook "It's Time to Talk Day" article (2006)
  • Assisting Victims at Work
  • Recognizing Healthy Relationships Seminar
  • Helping a Victim of Domestic Violence
  • How Do You Begin a Conversation?
  • How to Get Help within your State
  • Is There Hope for Batterers?
  • Safety Tips for Victims of Partner Violence
  • Signs of an Abusive Relationship
  • A Parent's Guide to Teen Dating Violence: 10 Questions to Start the Conversation
  • A Parent's Handbook: How to Talk to Your Children About Developing Healthy Relationships
  • A Woman's Handbook: A Practical Guide to Discussing Relationship Abuse
  • Informational Brochures in English and Spanish
  • Tough Talk: What boys need to know about relationship abuse
  • What You Need to Know About Dating Violence: A Teen's Handbook
  • 101 Ways to Counter Domestic Violence

    All of the day's events work together to convey the message that each of us has a responsibility to discuss and learn about domestic violence. More ideas will come as plans are finalized, so please check back often!

    Local participants in "It's Time to Talk Day 2007"
  • Radio Bloomington
  • Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington/Normal
  • Center for Prevention of Abuse (Peoria)
  • Children's Foundation (a program of the Children's Home and Aid Society of Illinois)
  • City of Bloomington
  • Central Illinois Men Against Domestic Abuse
  • Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence
  • Collaborative Solutions Institute
  • COUNTRY Insurance & Financial Services
  • 11th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council
  • Family & Community Resource Center
  • Feminist Lead Activist Movement to Empower (FLAME, Illinois State University Registered Student Organization)
  • Heartland Community College (HCC)
  • Illinois State University (ISU)
  • ISU Student Counseling Services and Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services
  • Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU)
  • McLean County Government
  • McLean County Domestic Violence Multi-Disciplinary Team
  • McLean County State's Attorney's Office
  • Mid Central Community Action's Countering Domestic Violence Program
  • PATH (Providing Access to Help)
  • Soroptimist International (Midwestern Region)
  • State Farm Insurance Companies
  • Student Counseling Services at Illinois State University
  • Town of Normal
  • YWCA of McLean County
  • Donate to CAEPV