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2006 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities
Proclamation from President Bush Announcing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Allstate Foundation
The Allstate Foundation will hold its 2nd Annual Economic Empowerment Conference, "Patchwork Economics: Building Careers and Creating Alternatives for Survivors." The Economic Empowerment Conference will be held in Washington, DC.
American Express
American Express holds domestic violence awareness sessions for managers and employees at multiple sites in the Phoenix, AZ area October 17 – 20 and November 9.

At the World Financial Center in New York City, flyers will be available in restrooms, and table displays with information and resources will be available to employees.

Avon Foundation
The Avon Foundation has free resource guides available entitled Connect: A Parents' Guide to Talking to Kids About Violence Against Women. The Avon Foundation was proud to support this project created by the Family Violence Prevention Fund. It's a great piece that is filled with anecdotes and stories about how a parent or adult can talk with kids about violence against women, domestic violence and teen dating violence. The Avon Foundation also has small pocket-sized safety planning guides in English available. If you would like copies of Connect or the safety planning guides for your workplace or to distribute to a wider audience, please contact Denise Yap at The Avon Foundation at
Blue Shield of California Foundation
Employees of Blue Shield of California Foundation will be participating in the following speaking engagements:

October 3rd - San Francisco - The Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women Community Service Project Event in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Press Conference at the Gum Moon Women's Residence, 940 Washington Street. Yvonne Carrasco, Director of Blue Shield Against Violence to speak.

October 4th - Los Angeles - California Women's Law Center, Abby J. Leibman Pursuit of Justice Award Ceremony. Blue Shield of California Foundation will be honored at the event and President and CEO, Crystal Haying, will speak.

October 11th - Sacramento - Californians Uniting to End Domestic Violence, Statewide Day of Awareness, sponsored by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. The event will feature nationally known speakers and a panel discussion with representatives from law enforcement, the courts, and workplace experts addressing many privacy and safety concerns. Douglas Leach, of Blue Shield of California Foundation's Employer Outreach Program, to participate.

CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells participates in the following CAEPV Member events:

September 21st - "It's Time to Talk Day 2006" sponsored by Liz Claiborne and Redbook

September 28th - Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence - UK first Annual Conference in London

October 4th - DECADE FOR CHANGE SUMMIT I in Washington, DC

October 16th - Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence Annual Meeting

November 13th - Verizon Foundation National Domestic Violence Summit

November 17th & 18th - NO TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Conference in Istanbul, Turkey

Central Illinois CAEPV Members and Friends
Central Illinois CAEPV Members and Friends participated in "It's Time to Talk Day" events on September 21 and have events scheduled throughout the month of October. Examples of activities include distributing educational materials in workplaces, holding seminars for employees, including domestic violence information, tying purple ribbons to law enforcement vehicle antennas, displaying Silent Witness Project silhouettes in prominent areas, hanging posters in workplaces, holding a Candlelight vigil and march, and working with media partner, Radio Bloomington.
Lifetime Television
This October, Lifetime Television will offer its 2006 "Stop Violence Against Women" brochures to use at any Domestic Violence Awareness Month events, while supplies last. You may request up to 500 brochures. Please e-mail with your request and include your name, address and phone number.
Liz Claiborne Inc.
In honor of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, will donate $1.00 to the National Domestic Violence Hotline for every order placed on their website. All donations will support the ongoing operations of the new Teen Dating Violence Hotline.

Liz Claiborne sponsored "It's Time to Talk Day" and released the results of its ground-breaking poll on the roles and perspectives of "bystanders" - the friends, family and acquaintances who see the abuse.

Liz Claiborne also announced the first ever National Teen Dating Violence Hotline, established specifically to help teens suffering in abusive and violent dating relationships. Four teen survivors were on hand to tell their personal and painful stories of teen dating abuse to underscore the need for a hotline and educate others about the signs of dating abuse and violence. The Teen Dating Violence Hotline will be operated by the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH), and will focus on teens and young adults up to the age of 24. Although there are national hotlines for adults, teens have special needs and require a different approach to dealing with their issues and privacy concerns. The Teen Dating Violence Hotline will also use the Internet to provide a safe, confidential online resource that will house information on dating and relationship violence as well as online message boards where teens can ask questions and share experiences, or just express their feelings. There will also be links to local, state and national resources. The Liz Claiborne Teen Dating Violence Hotline will be operational in Spring 2007.

Mary Kay Inc.
Mary Kay Inc. is sponsoring a series of investigative reports revealing dangerous trends in domestic violence. The Women's eNews series on domestic violence, entitled "Dangerous Trends, Innovative Responses" will include a total of eight in-depth reports on previously under-reported domestic violence topics, including coverage of innovative and effective responses. Mary Kay is underwriting the Women's eNews series as part of its long-term commitment to end domestic violence.

Mary Kay Inc. also announced a new multimedia Spanish-language education awareness campaign directed toward the Hispanic community. The Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation is joining with the Self-Reliance Foundation and the Hispanic Communications Network to present ¡No Más Silencio!

¡No Más Silencio! includes a series of radio programs, newspaper columns and an information-and-referral service for connecting people directly to available resources. The radio programs will feature Mary Kay Independent National Sales Directors and Independent Sales Directors and will be broadcast on these radio stations:

  • October 8th
    • Los Angeles, 4 p.m. Pacific time; KTNQ-AM 1020 Independent National Sales Director Lily Orellana of Mission Viejo, California
    • San Antonio, 10 a.m. Central time; KCOR-AM 1350 Independent Elite Executive Senior Sales Director Sylvia Limon Martinez of Helotes, Texas
    • Dallas, 9 a.m. Central time; KFLC-AM 1270 Independent Senior Sales Director Tania Alcala of Fort Worth, Texas
    • New York, 9 a.m. Eastern time; WADO-AM 1280 Independent National Sales Director Shirley Oshiro of Andover, New Jersey
  • October 11th
    • Miami, 7 p.m. Eastern time; WQBA-AM 1140 Independent National Sales Director Sonia Páez of Wellington, Florida
  • October 15th
    • Chicago, 2 p.m. Central time; WRTO-AM 1200 Independent Future Executive Senior Sales Director Ana Solis of Carol Stream, Illinois
McLean County Government
The Silent Witness display will be featured at the McLean County Law and Justice Center on October 3. In addition, in partnership with the 11th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council, the McLean County State's Attorney's Office will place posters with detachable cards in restrooms in the McLean County Law & Justice Center. They will also be providing pamphlets to hair salons in the community.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) will kick off its many activities for October as Domestic Violence awareness month on September 28. On that day, four hundred domestic violence advocates, survivors and corporate partners will convene at the Walnut Foundry in Downtown Denver where the warehouse zone of the Upper Larimer Neighborhood fuses with the underground artist community of northern downtown to present and highlight Domestic Violence Awareness Month to the public. The Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) reception was created from the NCADV Day of Unity where advocates and survivors from all over the U.S. would take a 5 minute moment of silence on October 1st at the same time to honor survivors. The event includes networking, a silent auction, NCADV Program and Sponsor Recognition and a performance by Grammy nominated Country artist Mindy McCready. CAEPV Member Lifetime Television is providing goodie bags for the evening.
State Farm Great Lakes Zone
During the week of October 8 – 14, the Administrative Services Loss Prevention Unit of the State Farm Great Lakes Zone will be providing awareness and educational materials to State Farm employees in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.
State Farm Insurance Companies
State Farm Insurance Companies will be providing a number of activities during the month of October for their employees:
  • October 13th - Lunch and Learn, 11:30 – 12:30: Presentation about local Kid's Turn, Family Visitation Center and Crisis Nursery programs – and how families can access these programs that recognize the special needs of children and families involved in domestic violence situations.
  • October 19th - Corporate Atrium event, 11:00 – 1:00: Corporate Security will be onsite with information and resources and will be sponsoring a donation drive for Neville House (the local shelter). Local shelter and sexual assault program representatives will be present as well as representatives from other invited organizations and State Farm employee resources. Silent Witness figures will be on display (if available).
  • October 20th - Corporate South Atrium event, 11:00 – 1:00: Corporate Security will be onsite with information and resources and will be sponsoring a donation drive for the local shelter (Neville House). Local shelter and sexual assault program representatives will be present as well as representatives from other invited organizations and State Farm employee resources. Silent Witness figures will be on display (if available).
  • October 26th - Lunch and Learn, 11:30 – 1:00: Presentation by two State Farm employees who are domestic violence survivors and will share their stories. CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells will provide an overview of CAEPV.
Verizon Wireless
During the month of October, in addition to co-sponsoring conferences on domestic violence and its impact on the workplace throughout the country, Verizon Wireless is joining forces with Wal-Mart to recycle old wireless phones and make a difference in the lives of domestic violence victims.

Wireless customers visiting their local Wal-Mart store this October can help victims of domestic violence and participate in Domestic Violence Awareness Month efforts by recycling their no-longer-used wireless phones. CAEPV Member Verizon Wireless, a recognized corporate leader in domestic violence awareness, and Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, have joined forces to sponsor HopeLine® phone donation drives at more than 2,000 Wal-Mart stores throughout the United States.

Beginning the first week in October and throughout the month, customers are invited to bring no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories in any condition from any wireless provider or any manufacturer to the Connection Center at local Wal-Mart stores and drop them into the phone drive boxes. The phones collected by HopeLine, Verizon Wireless' phone recycling program, will be refurbished and sold, with proceeds benefiting victims of domestic violence. At the conclusion of the phone drive, Verizon Wireless and Wal-Mart plan to make a joint donation to a national domestic violence agency.

Funds from the phones donated at Wal-Mart will be used to conduct educational and awareness programs, provide grants to local shelters and advocacy groups and purchase wireless phones and service for victims of domestic violence, supplying them with comfort and security. For a list of Wal-Mart Connection Centers, please visit Wireless customers can also donate their used wireless phones year-round at any of Verizon Wireless' Communications Stores from coast-to-coast.

In addition, Verizon Wireless encourages any victim or anyone looking for information on the issue to dial #HOPE from any Verizon Wireless phone. Callers will be instantly connected to the National Domestic Violence Hotline for professional and confidential help. #HOPE is a service available across Verizon Wireless' nationwide wireless network through the company's HopeLine® phone recycling program. Customers simply dial the keys (#4673) plus the send key to be directly connected to the National Domestic Violence Hotline where they can receive the help they need through empowerment-based crisis intervention, information and resources. Since 1996, the Hotline has answered 1.5 million calls and responds to 17,000 calls on average each month. More than a simple toll free number, the Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and can provide its services in more than 140 languages at 1-800-799-SAFE or on the Web at

Verizon Wireless and Verizon Communications
On November 13, the Verizon Foundation and its national partners will convene a national one-day forum to establish a dialog and promote collaboration among nonprofit organizations, corporations and government agencies, with goals of:
  • Raising awareness about the issue and its far-reaching effects on families and the workplace;
  • Demonstrating how technology can improve program delivery
  • Expanding or building effective programs that deliver substantive outcomes in prevention of and recovery from domestic violence.
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