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2008 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities
Proclamation from President Bush Announcing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Allstate Insurance Companies
Nearly 75 percent of Americans have experienced domestic violence in their own home or have a friend, co-worker or family member who has been impacted by domestic violence. Many of us are familiar with the issue, yet most people are uncomfortable talking about it. With National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Allstate Foundation and Allstate employees and agents are calling all Americans to “Tell a Gal P.A.L.” and raise awareness of domestic violence. 

What is “Tell a Gal P.A.L.”? P.A.L. stands for “Pass it on, Act & Learn.” The goal of the program is to get Americans to talk feely and openly about domestic violence and how economic empowerment can provide a path to a safe future for survivors. As part of “Tell a Gal P.A.L.,” The Allstate Foundation is partnering with non-profit organization Dress for Success for a purse drive, across the country. From September 22 through October 3, Allstate is asking both employees and the general public to donate nearly new purses, briefcases or professional bags – symbols of financial security – to help outfit domestic violence survivors and other women in need as they enter or re-enter the workforce. 

Why focus on economic empowerment? Domestic violence goes far beyond physical abuse. Long after the physical signs of abuse disappear, survivors are still dealing with the effects of other forms of abuse, including economic abuse. Financial control is a tactic commonly used by abusers to prevent their victims from leaving abusive situations, often by limiting or preventing access to money, work and other means to achieving financial independence

We all have the ability to help a woman to live a life free of domestic violence. By educating the public about domestic violence and economic empowerment, as well as donating nearly new purses and other professional bags, we can make a world of difference to domestic violence survivors trying to move on and become financially independent. Help us spread the word and “Tell a Gal P.A.L.” To find out more, visit
Alternatives Incorporated of Madison County
As you are making plans for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, here is a great idea for you -- from our Friends of CAEPV at Alternatives Incorporated in Madison County, Indiana. 

On October 4 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon they are having an event entitled "Pink and Purple Prevention is our Intention" to raise awareness for breast cancer and domestic violence. It is at Anderson University and is co-sponsored by Alternatives Incorporated, Community Hospital Anderson, Anderson University, Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. To view the flier, click on

What a great idea! It is often difficult for organizations and employers who feel they have to "choose" between domestic violence awareness activities and breast cancer awareness activities during October -- and this way they do not have to! 

I hope others across the country are able to take this idea and run with it! If you would like more information, you can reach out to Mary Jo Lee the CEO of Alternatives Incorporated at
American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence
The ABA Commission on Domestic Violence is hosting a series of four workshops throughout the month, focused on the legal response to domestic violence. Two will be held in person on the 9th floor of the ABA’s DC office, and two others will be teleconferences. You may register for all or some of the workshops.   The schedule is as follows: 
  • The Link Between Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse 
    Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 12:00 p.m. EDT - 1:30 p.m.
    EDT TELECONFERENCE (please dial in) 
  • Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence: What's the Connection? 
    Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 12:00 p.m. EDT - 1:30 p.m.
    EDT IN PERSON AT ABA (740 15th Street, NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC) 
  • Providing Legal Assistance to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Victims of Domestic Violence 
    Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 12:00 p.m. EDT - 1:30 p.m.
    EDT TELECONFERENCE (please dial in)
None of these workshops will be recorded or taped, therefore in order to participate you must register and either call in or attend at the ABA office in Washington, DC. To register, please go to: or 

After you register, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Please give the ABA office 2 business days to process your registration form before contacting them about it. If you have any difficulties or questions, please contact Deborah Whang at
Blue Shield of California Foundation
Participating in the RESPECT! Campaign (SM) with partners Macy’s and CAEPV Member the Family Violence Prevention Fund.
Central Illinois CAEPV Members and Friends
Central Illinois CAEPV Members and Friends along with Radio Bloomington participate in local "It's Time to Talk Day" events on October 15.  Examples of activities include:
  • Local governments, universities & colleges issuing proclamations of "It's Time to Talk Day" and "October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month"
  • Hosting a FREE conference, "Once You Phone, You're Not Alone - Reporting and Responding to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault,"  
  • Distributing educational materials in workplaces
  • Holding a HopeLine phone drive
  • Holding a mock trial of a domestic violence case
  • Holding "Lunch & Learns" on domestic violence
  • Displaying Silent Witness Project silhouettes in prominent areas
  • Hanging posters in workplaces
  • Holding a parade march,
  • Working with media partner, Radio Bloomington, on interviews and PSAs
CIGNA Corporate Security will raise domestic violence awareness in October at two corporate sites by circulating the Corporate Security bookmark to all employees. There will be a special sticker on the reverse of the bookmark highlighting the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence.

Domestic violence information and resource links, including CA will also be posted on CIGNA Central -- CIGNA's intranet site.
COUNTRY Financial
In addition to participating in "It's Time to Talk Day" in Central Illinois on October 15, COUNTRY Financial, GROWMARK, IAA Credit Union, and Illinois Farm Bureau employees engaged in a Shelter Kit Drive to benefit CDV/Neville House (a local domestic violence agency in Bloomington, Illinois). They asked for needed items such as toiletries, entertainment for children, as well as cell phones to be used for 911 reprogramming or recycling.
Family Violence Prevention Fund
The Family Violence Prevention Fund is partnering with Macy’s and CAEPV Member Blue Shield of California Foundation to launch the RESPECT! Campaign(SM)-- designed to raise awareness of domestic and dating violence and to encourage positive discourse about prevention by teaching respect. CAEPV Member Blue Shield of California Foundation is a Workplace Training partner in this effort. 

The launch which took place on September 19, 2008, included employee rallies at more than 600 Macy's stores and on 135 college campuses nationwide, invited the nation to join the movement by donning the official RESPECT! bracelet and getting out their cell phones to Text RESPECT!(SM). 

The RESPECT! bracelet, available exclusively at Macy's and at, is available for $5 with half of the proceeds from the sale of each bracelet benefiting the RESPECT! Campaign. 

As part of its continued work to end violence against women and children, Macy's will support the campaign in three primary ways in its first year:
  • Serve as the exclusive retailer of the official RESPECT! bracelet, with half of the proceeds from the sale of each bracelet benefiting the RESPECT! Campaign.
  • Include the Family Violence Prevention Fund in Macy's annual Shop for a Cause event on Saturday, September 20, 2008
  • Roll out a nationwide employee education/resource program in September 2008 to equip each of its stores to support employees that may be experiencing abuse in a relationship.
Liz Claiborne Inc.
Liz Claiborne Inc. sponsors the fifth annual "It’s Time to Talk Day" with national partners on December 2, 2008!   
Mary Kay Inc.
In October 2008, the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation awarded 150 domestic violence shelter grants -- for a total of $3 million.  The Foundation has provided 150 grants to shelters throughout the U.S. annually since 2005!    

The grants --  covering all 50 states, Washington, D.C., the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico -- will be used for programs aimed at curbing domestic violence, and to help the shelters keep their doors open during the current economic downturn. In a time when expenses are up and donations are down, many shelters risk losing staff or even closing altogether.

Of the $3 million in grants, more than $600,000 will be awarded to 31 shelters in the names of country music artists who helped the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation "kiss domestic violence goodbye" last year through the A Kiss for Country philanthropic program. Each of these grants will be awarded to a shelter in the country music artist's home state or a designated state.

The program, in partnership with the Country Music Association, asks celebrities to lend their lips to show support for the cause. Through the online auction of their lip prints and autographs on specially designed "Kiss Cards," 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Foundation's programs committed to ending domestic violence.

Mid Central Community Action
Mid Central Community Action's Countering Domestic Violence Program and CAEPV "Friend of the Alliance" YWCA McLean County are working together on multiple events for "October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month" and October 15 as Central Illinois' "It's Time to Talk Day".  
  • October 13 - Healthy and Safe Choices Workshop for girls
  • October 15 - Silent Witness and Clothesline Project displays at the McLean County Museum of History
  • October 15 - Candlelight vigil outside of the McLean County Museum of History
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and The Body Shop are teaming up  during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The Body Shop is selling a new “For Me, For You” shea lip care duo, meant to be shared with a friend, is marked with the message "Break the Silence on Domestic Violence" in effort to encourage women to speak out about domestic violence.

Recent research by The Body Shop shows that as many as 64% of women claim they would choose to confide in a friend rather than family or police if suffering from intimate partner violence. The Body Shop now has leaflets available in stores and through The Body Shop at Home that provide advice about reaching out to a friend that may be suffering from domestic violence with tips on how to seek help. The

Approximately $9 from the sale of each lip duo will be donated to NCADV. To buy the duo, click here.
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 Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
  • October 1 - "Partner Violence - Recognize, Respond, Refer "
  • October 8 - Self Defense

State Farm Insurance Companies will also be hosting "Security Awareness and Personal Preparedness" fairs at their corporate locations in Bloomington, IL on October 14 & 16.

In addition, State Farm Insurance Companies joins over 30 Central Illinois organizations marking October 15 as "It's Time to Talk Day" and will take part in a community-wide Verizon Wireless HopeLine Phone Drive October 13 - 17! 

Verizon Communications and  Verizon Wireless

National - On September 25 and 26, the Verizon Foundation hosts its third National Domestic Violence Summit “Using Technology to Prevent Domestic Violence.” The Summit will explore 

  • How to improve Internet and technology safety for survivors and potential victims of dating and domestic violence 
  • How to leverage technology to increase the delivery of domestic violence prevention/intervention information and services for all survivors – including adults, families and youth in schools, afterschool programs and online environments 
Summit partners are the National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect (the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline), the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and The Verizon Foundation.

In addition, The Verizon Foundation is partnering with the National Network to End Domestic Violence to match employee volunteers with agencies in need. Nonprofits are eligible for a $750 grant for every 50 hours an individual employee volunteers for the organization. 


In addition, leaders at Verizon Wireless have written pieces in Op-Ed pages of newspapers around the country discussing the importance of addressing domestic violence as a workplace issue and highlighting their SafeWork training program. 

Beginning Oct. 1, the Verizon Foundation Web site will feature a free online safety video from Cindy Southworth of the National Network to End Domestic Violence's Safety Net program. The video will inform viewers how they can protect themselves from potential abusers online and how technology can be used to aid victims of domestic violence.

Central Illinois - Verizon Communications / Verizon Wireless and Central Illinois community partners are holding HopeLine phone drives throughout Bloomington-Normal to collect no longer used cell phones, batteries and accessories.  The phones will be turned into support for victims of domestic violence. 

Verizon Communications is also funding 50 CarePacks for children of domestic violence victims.  These CarePacks will be assembled by CIMADA (Central Illinois Men Against Domestic Abuse) and coordinated by Family Community Resource Center during a Domestic Violence Awareness Month community outreach event at Mount Pisgah Church.
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