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On October 15, 2008, the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, Radio Bloomington and 30 other community organizations throughout Central Illinois are co-sponsoring "It's Time to Talk Day" to bring awareness to the important issuse of domestic violence and sexual assault.  This year the theme is: "It's Time to Talk - Once You Phone, You're Not Alone." 

Event topics will discuss reporting and responding to domestic violence and sexual assault and identify resources available to victims, survivors and even batterers.  Events will also look at how domestic abuse and sexual assault impact people differently throughout all stages of their lives.  Children, adults and seniors -- regardless of age, our communities have resources available.  

Local CAEPV members and community partners will participate in "It's Time to Talk Day" in the following ways:
    Local governments, universities & colleges have issued proclamations of "It's Time to Talk Day" and are encouraging citizens to take a moment to talk about domestic violence. 

    A news conference to announce "It's Time to Talk Day" will be held at 8:00AM on October 15 at Young Main Lounge in Illinois Wesleyan University's Memorial Center.  

    The Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence and the 11th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council are co-sponsoring a FREE conference at Young Main Lounge in Illinois Wesleyan University's Memorial Center. This conference, "Once You Phone, You're Not Alone - Reporting and Responding to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault,"  will introduce attendees to first responders -- from dispatcher, to police, to hotline advocate and sexual assault nurse examiner.

    Verizon Communication / Verizon Wireless and community partners are holding a HopeLine  phone drive 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 with Verizon matching $3.00 for each phone collected -- funds which will stay in Central Illinois to support domestic violence and sexual assault programs.  For additional information on the HopeLine program, click here.

    Soroptimist of Bloomington-Normal is hosting a Lunch & Learn training for parents at Lancaster's Fine Dining in Downtown Bloomington. "Wake Up Call vs. Crisis" features guest speakers Diane Zosky from Illinois State University's Department of Social Work and Attorney Amy Mobley-McFarland from Mobley Law Office, P.C.

    The McLean County State's Attorney's Office will host "People vs. Perry" a Mock Trial reflecting a domestic violence case at the McLean County Museum of History on the evening of October 15.   A candlelight vigil will immediately follow to remember victims and honor survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

    Verizon is working with the Central Illinois Men Against Domestic Abuse to assemble 50 ComfortPacks for children of domestic violence victims. 
Other "It's Time to Talk Day" projects and events include:
  • Continuously airing a special television show about domestic violence in all residence halls at Illinois State University. (October 12-18)
  • 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 on Radio Bloomington stations
  • Sponsoring a half-page ad in, The Pantagraph on "It's Time to Talk Day" encouraging the community to take a moment to talk!
  • AND MORE!
News Conference and Announcement of "It's Time to Talk Day"

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.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 (8:00AM)
WHERE: Illinois Wesleyan University - Memorial Center's Young Main Lounge
104 E. University Avenue; Bloomington, IL
CONTACT:  Kim Wells, caepv@caepv.org, (309) 664-0667 
SPEAKERS:
  • Yadira Ruiz - Director of Stepping Stones Sexual Assault Program, YWCA McLean County
  • Honorable Bill Yoder - McLean County State's Attorney
  • Kimberley Boyd - Domestic Violence Coordinator, Family & Community Resource Center
  • Nicole Butler, Survivor (NO PHOTOGRAPHS)
  • Jon Cook - 911 Dispatcher, Bloomington Police Department
  • Deborah White - Director, Mid Central Community Action's Countering Domestic Violence Program

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: 
The Bloomington Police Department Dispatchers have agreed to run through a mock 911 call during their conference presentation. This presentation will take place from 9:15–9:45AM on October 15 at the free conference “Once You Phone, You’re Not Alone: Reporting and Responding to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault” following the news conference. This conference also takes place in Illinois Wesleyan University Memorial Center’s Young Main Lounge. All news conference speakers will be available for questions at the end of the news conference. 

PRESS MATERIALS:

Proclamations
FREE Conference - "Once You Phone, You're Not Alone:  Reporting and Responding to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault"
This conference will introduce attendees to first responders—from dispatcher and law enforcement, to advocate and sexual assault nurse examiner. Event speakers will also look at how domestic violence and sexual assault can impact an individual throughout their lifetime.

    WHEN: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 (8:30 - 5:00PM)
    WHERE: Illinois Wesleyan University - Memorial Center's Young Main Lounge
    COST: Free and open to the public, registration required
    CONTACT:  Debra Hubbard, 11thfvcc@gmail.com, (309) 888-5037

    Conference Invitation and Event Information (PDF)
    Conference Registration Form (Word Document) *Complete and mail or email as instructed 
    IWU Map
    (PDF)

    CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS:
    MCLEs for Illinois attorneys available. CEU credit application for licensed social workers pending. Petitions for approval of CEU’s from the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional Board (ICDVP) will be available at the conference or may be downloaded by clicking here.

    SPEAKERS INCLUDE: ADDITIONAL PANELISTS INCLUDE:
    • Nathan Bassett - Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Caseworker and Child Abuse and Neglect Investigator
    • Jake Fulk - Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
    • Jennifer McCoskey - McLean County State's Attorney's Office
    • Annorah Moorman - Illinois Wesleyan University, Director of Counseling
    • Yadira Ruiz - YWCA McLean County, Director of Stepping Stones Sexual Assault Program
    • Melissa Slama -  Mid Central Community Action, Countering Domestic Violence Program / Neville House
Soroptimist Sponsored Lunch & Learn - "Wake Up Call vs. Crisis"
This "Lunch & Learn" opportunity is designed for parents as an introduction to relationship violence and how it might be impacting their children, tweens and teens.  Topics include recognizing the warning signs, discussing relationship violence with your children, identifying Internet and cell phone harassment, and more!

McLean County State's Attorney's Office Mock Trial - "People vs. Perry"
Guilty or not guilty?  It may not be as easy as you think!  

"People vs. Perry" is a mock trial of a case involving domestic violence and sexual assault.  This mock trial will involve participants from the audience and help those who attend learn what happens in a case involving domestic violence and sexual assault. 

The YWCA McLean County's Stepping Stones Sexual Assault Program and Mid Central Community Action's Countering Domestic Violence Program will have resource tables available.  Clothesline and Silent Witness displays will be shown in the entrance to the courtroom.  A candlelight vigil will be held immediately following the mock trial to remember victims and honor survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  

Verizon Wireless HopeLine Phone Drive
The HopeLine phone recycling program collects and donates wireless phones & equipment to assist victims of domestic violence.  Verizon Wireless has generously agreed to provide a $3.00 match for any phone donation collected through our donation sites during the week of "It's Time to Talk Day" events.  These funds will stay in Central Illinois to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. To read this news release, click here.
    HopeLine Flyer with Locations
    HopeLine FAQs

    WHEN:  Monday, October 13 - Friday, October 17
    CONTACT:  Karen Boswell, karen.boswell@verizon.com, (309) 454-7803 or  (309) 838-1670
    DROP-OFF LOCATIONS: 
    • Heartland Community College (October 13 - 17)
    • Illinois State University (October 13 - 17)
      • Bone Student Center - Leadership & Service Office and the University Program Board Office
      • Minority Student Academic Center
      • Student Counseling Services
      • Diversity Advocacy
      • BlackSTARR's table @ FLAME's "Take Back the Night" event (October 22)
    •  Illinois Wesleyan University Memorial Center's Young Main Lounge (October 15)
    • Lincoln College - Normal (October 13 - 17)
    • McLean County Museum of History (October 15)
    • Midwest College of Cosmetology (October 13-17)
    • Radio Bloomington (October 13 - 17)
    • State Farm Insurance Companies (October 13 -17)
      • Corporate Headquarters Atrium
      • Corporate South H-1 Atrium
      • Corporate South P-1 Lobby
    •  Town of Normal / Police Department (October 13 - 17)
    • YWCA McLean County (October 13-17)
Additional "It's Time to Talk Day" & "DV Month" Event Information
Sample Resources
Local Participants
News Coverage
OCTOBER 15, 2008:

OCTOBER 14, 2008:

OCTOBER 13, 2008:

OCTOBER 12, 2008:

OCTOBER 11, 2008:

  • AM 1230 WJBC:  The BroadView discusses "It's Time to Talk Day" with Jessica Poppe of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence

OCTOBER 10, 2008:

OCTOBER 5, 2008:

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