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On October 6, 2009, the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, Radio Bloomington and 29 other community organizations throughout Central Illinois are co-sponsoring "It's Time to Talk Day" to bring awareness to the important issue of domestic violence.  This year the theme is: "It's Time to Talk - Healthy Children, Healthy Families." 

Event topics will focus on the impact of domestic violence throughout the lifespan -- taking the opportunity to help the community understand that dealing with the impact of domestic violence on children now benefits the entire community. 

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 6 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, "It's Not Child's Play: Trauma Lasts A Lifetime" will introduce attendees to the impact of domestic violence across the lifespan - as well as tools for intervening and responding. 

    Soroptimist of Bloomington-Normal is hosting a Lunch & Learn training for parents at Lancaster's Fine Dining in Downtown Bloomington. 

    Verizon Communication / Verizon Wireless and community partners are holding a HopeLine  phone drive on "It's Time to Talk Day" and throughout October in selected locations in Central Illinois. 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.
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 4 - 10, 2009).
  • 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!

CALENDAR of EVENTS:  "It's Time to Talk Day" & "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" 

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:  Tuesday, October 6, 2009 (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:  
  • Honorable Paul Lawrence - Associate Judge and Chair, 11th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council
  • Honorable Bill Yoder - McLean County State's Attorney
  • Diane Zosky - Associate Professor, Illinois State University
  • Morgan Hartrich - "A Survivor Story From Those Left Behind" 
  • Deborah White - Director, Mid Central Community Action's Countering Domestic Violence Program
PRESS MATERIALS:
Proclamations
FREE Conference - "It's Not Child's Play: Trauma Lasts A Lifetime" 
This conference will focus on the impact of domestic violence and sexual assault throughout the lifespan -- taking the opportunity to help the community understand that dealing with the impact of domestic violence on children now benefits the entire community. 
Soroptimist Sponsored Lunch & Learn:  Raising "Relationship-Healthy" Children
This "Lunch 'n' Learn" opportunity is designed for anyone that has a child in your life you care about!  Topics will include improving child relationship skills, learning what your kids are learning in school about healthy relationships, and tips for working with your children at home. 
    WHEN: Tuesday October 6, 2009 (Noon - 1:00PM, doors open at 11:30 AM)
    WHERE: Lancaster's Restaurant - 513 N. Main Street in Downtown Bloomington
    COST: Free to general public, but registration required.  Box lunch available for $10.00 and must be reserved in advance!
    CONTACT:  Karen Fleming, kmfleming1973@yahoo.com, (309) 454-2513

    SPEAKERS:
    • Yadira Ruiz - YWCA Stepping Stones Program
    • Teri Burrows - Children's Foundation Butterfly Project

    FLYER & REGISTRATION FORM (PDF)
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 on "It's Time to Talk Day" events.  These funds will stay in Central Illinois to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence.
    HopeLine Flyer with Locations
    HopeLine FAQs

    WHEN: 
    October 6 - 31, 2009
    CONTACT:  Karen Boswell, karen.boswell@verizon.com, (309) 454-7803 or  (309) 838-1670
    DROP-OFF LOCATIONS: 
    •  Heartland Community College (October 6 - 31)
      • Café
      • Library
      • Community Commons Building (front desk)
      • Workforce Development Center (front desk)
      • Childcare Center entrance
      • Security Station
    • Illinois Wesleyan University
      • Memorial Center's Young Main Lounge (October 6 only)
      • Hanson Student Center (October 6 - November 2)
    • Mid-Central Community Action (October 6 - 31)
    • State Farm Insurance Companies (October 6 - 31)
    • YWCA McLean County (October 6 - 31)
Additional "It's Time to Talk Day" & "DV Month" Event Information
Sample Resources
Local Participants
News Coverage
OCTOBER 6, 2009:
OCTOBER 5, 2009:
OCTOBER 1, 2009:
  • WHOI TV 19 (ABC): Daybreak, Mark Welp with Kim Wells - "It's Time to Talk Day Interview"  
SEPTEMBER 29, 2009:
 
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