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2007 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities
Proclamation from President Bush Announcing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Allstate Insurance Companies
Allstate co-sponsors Northfield, Illinois Township Symposium “It’s Happening Here. . . Domestic Violence: A Community Response” on October 19, 2007. CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells speaks at this event.
Altria Group Inc.
The Altria Group sponsors the making of the film, (Un)Safe, to be used in the SafeWork 2010 launch. The film will premiere on September 25, 2007 in New York at a invitation-only event at the Museum of Modern Art.
American Express
American Express in Phoenix will display domestic violence awareness posters throughout various locations and will also communicate within the companies’ intranet and on televisions at the worksites. On October 7, American Express in Phoenix sponsors a fundraiser for Chrysalis Shelter.  On October 27, employees volunteer at Sojourner's Heritage Campus doing cleaning and painting, and hosting a carnival for the shelter's women and children.  Sojourner is Arizona's largest domestic violence shelter and one of the largest shelters in the nation.

In addition, a group of American Express leaders will participate in a domestic violence awareness event with the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation during the month of October. The Phoenix offices also continue to partner closely with the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence to share information and reach out into the community. 

On October 18, American Express Security Services in Fort Lauderdale hosts a booth in the Atrium for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  There will be literature and staff available to answer questions on the topic.  There will also be a drop box for used cellphones to be donated to "Women In Distress" -- a local domestic violence agency.
Avon Foundation
The Avon Foundation sponsors the launch of the SafeWork Education and Training on September 25. The (Un)Safe film will be used for the first time at this training, and Avon Foundation Executive Director Carol Kurzig will introduce the training provided by CAEPV, Safe Horizon, and Liz Claiborne Inc.
Central Illinois CAEPV Members and Friends
Central Illinois CAEPV Members and Friends participated in "It's Time to Talk Day" events on September 25 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, displaying Silent Witness Project silhouettes in prominent areas, hanging posters in workplaces, holding a parade march, and working with media partner, Radio Bloomington.
Cornell ILR Metro District Office
Cornell ILR Metro District Office presents the program “Domestic Violence in the Workplace: Legal Implications” on October 5, 2007. CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells ipresents at this event.
Liz Claiborne Inc.
Liz Claiborne Inc. sponsors the fourth annual "It’s Time to Talk Day" with national partners the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, LoveIsRespect.org, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Redbook magazine, Seventeen magazine, and Safe Horizon

Events include Talk Radio Row, teens sharing stories about dating violence and the importance of prevention and intervention, national release of new research findings about perceptions of executives and employees on the impact of domestic violence in the workplace, and the launch of SafeWork 2010.  Liz Claiborne will host these events at its headquarters in Manhattan.
Longview Associates LLC
On October 4, Longview Associates LLC presents a program on domestic violence and the workplace for school personnel. CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells presents at this event.
McLean County Government
The Silent Witness display will be featured at the McLean County Government Center in October.
Ohio Domestic Violence Network
The Ohio Domestic Violence Network presents “Communicating Social Change” on October 30 and 31 in Mansfield, OH. Presented with an eye toward affecting social change, this two-day training is designed to help professionals strategically and skillfully deliver their messages with special attention to the unique challenges faced by the movement to end violence against women. Participants will design a blueprint for their communications plan and learn practical social marketing techniques. Tips for writing press releases, managing crisis communications, surviving interviews, ethical use of crime victims in the media, and planning press events is included. This training is co-sponsored by the Ohio Resource Network. 

This training offers 11 CEU’s and RCH’s. To register, visit www.odvn.org and scroll down to the Training Brochure for October thru December 2007. The registration deadline is October 16, 2007. Call Jasmine Finnie at ODVN for more information at 614-781-9651.
Safe Horizon
On September 25, Safe Horizon launches SafeWork 2010 in partnership with the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence. SafeWork 2010 is a national initiative to challenge corporate leaders to recognize the impact of domestic violence on the workplace and take action to address it. On September 25, 2007, a group of enlightened Chief Executive Officers make a commitment to their employees and stakeholders. By the year 2010, that group will grow to 200.

Events will take place throughout the day including a CEO panel discussion moderated by Andy Serwer, Managing Editor, Fortune Magazine, a SafeWork Education and Training Event, and the (Un)Safe Film Premiere Party at the Museum of Modern Art hosted by Mariska Hargitay of NBC's Law & Order: SVU.
South Carolina Attorney General's Office
On October 25, the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office holds “Domestic Violence at the Workplace: It is Your Business!” in Columbia, SC. CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells is the keynote speaker for this conference.
State Farm Insurance Companies
State Farm Insurance Companies will provide the following Lunch 'N' Learn activities during the month of October for their employees in conjunction with National Crime Prevention Month and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
  • October 11th - Healthy Relationships for Tweens and Teens (presented by CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells) 
  • October 17th - Advocacy in Action:  New Laws to Help Victims of Domestic Violence
  • October 23rd  - Self-Defense
  • October 25th - Self-Defense
  • October 29th - Self-Defense
  • October 31st - Cycle of Violence
State Farm Great Lakes Zone- During October, State Farm Great Lakes Zone will collect old mobile phones and ink-jet cartridges to benefit the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation.  In 2006, the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation partnered with Access Computer Products Inc. and introduced this charitable recycling program with 97% of all the donations received supporting cancer research and programs to prevent violence.  In addition to participating in this campaign, State Farm Great Lakes Zone will host displays with CAEPV and domestic violence awareness materials at several of their facilities in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. 
Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless National - On October 16, Verizon Wireless will train its first “Certified Trainers” using the SafeWork Training Program and Certification Model. This “train the trainer” model is designed to create SafeWork Certified Trainers in partnering companies, including executives and senior HR staff who have completed a comprehensive curriculum customized to their company’s policies and procedures. Verizon Wireless is the first corporation to implement this model nationwide. CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells and Safe Horizon Associate Vice President of Training Kristen Illes will facilitate this flagship training.
   
Verizon Wireless Illinois/Wisconsin Region - Verizon Wireless Illinois/Wisconsin Region President T.J. Fox and sent an Op-Ed piece entitled “Domestic Violence is Everybody’s Business” to newspapers throughout the region. The Op-Ed talks about the importance of addressing the issue within the workplace, and about Verizon Wireless’ commitment to addressing domestic violence within the workplace and the community. It also gives examples of how businesses can make a difference during October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Other Verizon Wireless regions have followed T.J. Fox's lead with numerous Region Presidents writing articles and letters to the media as well as hosting events to encourage the business community to address domestic violence as an issue that impacts the workplace.
Verizon Wireless and Verizon Communications
On September 18 and 19, the Verizon Foundation hosts its second National Domestic Violence Summit “Creating Systems of Support.” The Summit will explore the use of technology to help colleges and universities better serve female students – one of the most at risk populations for intimate partner, dating, or domestic violence. 

Held in conjunction with Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University, the University of Kentucky, and the National Network to End Domestic Violence, this invitation-only event will convene university leadership and others in higher education who are invested in creating systems of support that result in safer college campuses.
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