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2009 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities
Proclamation from President Obama Announcing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Allstate Insurance Companies
More than 70 percent of Americans know someone who has experienced domestic violence and yet few feel comfortable talking about it. In an effort to break the silence, Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino is joining forces with The Allstate Foundation to urge Americans to talk for a change and "Tell a Gal P.A.L." to help end their domestic violence.
As part of the Tell a Gal P.A.L. campaign, The Allstate Foundation will also continue its efforts against a lesser known element of domestic violence -- economics abuse, which is when abusers control victims' finances in an effort to prevent them from leaving.
From September 28th until October 9th, Allstate is encouraging Americans to donate nearly new women's business suits and professional attire to benefit victims. The donated clothes will be given to local domestic violence programs and Dress for Success affiliates to outfit survivors with confidence as they interview for jobs on their way to economic stability.
The official list of suit donation locations is available at where Americans can also get more information about how to help domestic violence survivors overcome economic challenges, lead financially independent lives, and become free from abuse. And as part of October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, people may also click on to watch special video messages about domestic violence and economic empowerment from Ms. Sorvino and The Allstate Foundation. Domestic violence victims in need of immediate assistance are encouraged to click on The National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-SAFE. 

The Foundation’s Tell a Gal P.A.L. campaign was designed to help Americans Pass it On, Act and Learn (P.A.L.) to start the conversation:
  • Pass It On - Talk freely about domestic violence to break the taboo. Tell others that economic abuse is a part of domestic violence.
  • Act - Never underestimate how small acts, like listening, can make a big difference.
  • Learn -  Empower yourself with knowledge and resources available to help yourself, or someone you know, out of an abusive relationship.
The Tell a Gal P.A.L. campaign also encourages people to “Talk for a Change” about Domestic Violence. Personal stories of how a survivor overcame abuse, or stories of people serving as a “Gal Pal” to a friend in need will serve as inspiration for others to either learn about domestic violence, share information on how to start the conversation or provide encouragement to take the first step out the door. The first 100 people who share their story at will receive a limited edition Tell a Gal P.A.L. T-shirt. 

In addition, on October 28, The Allstate Foundation is hosting a Lunch & Learn for Allstate home office employees to learn about the Economics Against Abuse Program and its strategies to help domestic violence survivors build their financial independence to free and stay free from abuse. 

This special Domestic violence Awareness Month Lunch & Learn will feature the Foundation’s key external partners: the National Network to End Domestic Violence and Rutgers University School of Social Work. The team will share the innovative strategies used to help survivors increase their financial capacity, including the use of the Foundation’s Moving Ahead Through Money Management Curriculum.

To round out the month, The Allstate Foundation and The National Network to End Domestic Violence are hosting the 4th Economic Empowerment Symposium in Arlington Heights, IL October 28 through 30. The Foundation has invited state coalition leaders from across the country to “move beyond basics” of providing economic justice services for survivors. Other national organizations will also be represented. Olga Trujillo is the guest speaker and is discussing the connections between culture and economic abuse.  
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 6. 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, "It's Not Child's Play: Trauma Lasts a Lifetime"
  • Holding "Lunch & Learns" on domestic violence
  • Displaying Silent Witness Project silhouettes in prominent areas
  • Collecting cell phones
  • Hanging posters in workplaces
  • Holding a parade march,
  • Working with media partner, Radio Bloomington, on interviews and PSAs
During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, CIGNA will partner with CIGNA EAP to provide information (including CAEPV materials) on domestic violence to employees in Bloomfield, CT. Distribution of information on domestic violence will be coordinated through Corporate Security at other sites throughout the country. 

In addition, a communication will be sent to all CIGNA employees regarding domestic violence, highlighting the topic on the CIGNA website.
COUNTRY Financial
In addition to participating in "It's Time to Talk Day" in Central Illinois on October 6, 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) September 28-October 2. 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 (FVPF) is hosting its 5th Biennial National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence on October 8 to 10 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. The Conference aims to advance the health care system’s response to domestic violence and attracts the nation’s leading medical, public health and family violence experts from across the country. For more information, visit
In addition, the FVPF has been working with Macy’s to raise awareness and involve employees and customers in efforts to prevent violence against women and children. For the second year in a row, that work is expanding and the FVPF is offering interested programs the opportunity to sell shopping passes for Shop for a Cause, a one-day shopping event on Saturday, October 17 at Macy’s stores across the country. Shop for a Cause shopping passes are sold by local programs for $5 each, and programs keep all the proceeds. The shopping passes provide deep discounts on items throughout Macy’s and can also be purchased in any Macy’s store or at on October 17.
Hurriyet Newspaper (Turkey)
On September 9, Hurriyet (Turkey) launched its "Liberty is Our Right Train" for a second year - this time focusing on child rights and the environment. The journey began in Izmir and will end on October 29 in Istanbul - visiting 41 stations in 33 cities and 8 boroughs throughout Turkey. 

The "Human Rights Train Project" is a partnership of Hurriyet Newspaper and Turkish Railways. The aim of the "Liberty is Our Right Train" is to insert the concept of rights into people's daily lives, inform them of the rights they possess based on declarations such as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

There will be a variety of activities at the stations such as music, theater plays, exhibitions, forums, and workshops, and other events. Because 2009 is the 20th anniversary of Turkey signing the UN Declarations of Child Rights, these activities are designed to keep children's rights, the theme of this year, in primary focus.

Hurriyet's hallmark "Say No to Domestic Violence!" Campaign will also be part of these events at every stop. 

Visit for more information. Even if you can't read Turkish, you will be able to understand this amazing journey. 
Liz Claiborne Inc.
Liz Claiborne Inc. sponsors the sixth annual "It’s Time to Talk Day" with national partners in December. 
Mary Kay/The Mary Kay Foundation
Every October, Mary Kay and The Mary Kay Foundation observe National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by awarding grants to deserving women's shelters. These grants provide services such as counseling, transportation vehicles, emergency shelter, food, clothing and basic needs to domestic violence survivors and their children.

 Mary Kay has long recognized the importance of educating women about domestic violence and keeping them safe from it. Mary Kay Inc. provides materials on domestic violence awareness and prevention to its independent sales force which exceeds 2 million members worldwide. The Mary Kay Foundation is supported by thousands of Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants, Mary Kay Inc. and is an important part of the legacy of Mary Kay Ash. 

This year, The Mary Kay Foundation's annual shelter grant giving program awarded $3 million in total grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states. Each shelter received a $20,000 grant to help combat domestic violence, educate local communities, provide much needed shelter and rehabilitation for survivors and keep shelters open during the current economic downturn. In light of the economy, the Foundation is reinforcing its commitment to help bring an end to domestic violence, especially in a time when donations are down and the need for services is on the rise.
State Farm Insurance Companies
State Farm Corporate will host a Lunch 'N' Learn session during the month of October for their employees in conjunction with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This event titled Law Enforcement's Response to Domestic Violence is scheduled for Thursday, October 29th and is being presented by Domestic Violence Detective Brian Larimore of the Normal Police Department and Melissa Slama from the Mid Central Community Action Inc. Countering Domestic Violence. 

State Farm Corporate will also be hosting "Security Awareness and Personal Preparedness" fairs at their corporate locations in Bloomington, IL on October 14 & 15 and providing educational materials throughout their facilities throughout the week of October 12.

State Farm Insurance Companies recognizes October 6 as "It's Time To Talk Day" in Central Illinois and will be participating in the local events in the community, as well as, education employees on the importance of this date.  
Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless
Verizon Foundation -- On September 24, the Verizon Foundation hosts its fourth National Domestic Violence Summit entitled "Engaging Communities to Help End Domestic Violence." The Summit purpose is:

  • To promote education and awareness of domestic violence prevention
  • To engage communities in proactive collaboration on the issues surrounding domestic violence
  • To engage men in the solution and promotion of healthy relationships
Summit partners are the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the Texas Council on Family Violence, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and The Verizon Foundation. 

To see what Verizon Wireless is doing nationally, click here.

Verizon Wireless -- Throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) month, Verizon Wireless is sponsoring special HopeLine phone collections across the nation where consumers can learn more about the epidemic of domestic violence and donate their old wireless phones to the company’s long-running and exclusive HopeLine program to help victims.
  • Scheduled HopeLine events include phone collections at sporting events and the How Sweet the Sound choir competitions. More information is available on the HopeLine DVAM Information Center at, which will be updated throughout the month.
  • Raising awareness of domestic violence is part of Verizon Wireless. Planned DVAM activities include HopeLine phone collections at company locations nationwide, employee volunteer opportunities at domestic violence agencies and participation by company officials in local domestic violence awareness events.
  • Since 2001, when the recycling program launched, Verizon Wireless has collected nearly 6.5 million phones and put more than 76,000 phones with 228 million minutes of service into the hands of domestic violence victims, thanks to the generosity of consumers and businesses who have donated phones to HopeLine.
To see more of what else Verizon Wireless is doing nationally, click here.
Womansplace, Inc.
During the month of October Womansplace will team with Verizon Foundation to shed light on the epidemic of domestic violence and teen dating violence. Merchants throughout the Waterfront property in McKeesport, PA will participate in a variety of activities, such as: collecting used cell phones for Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, displaying awareness materials, selling or wearing purple awareness ribbons, displaying table tents, or donating gift cards and coupons. 

On Saturday, October 10 from 12:00 – 4:00 in the Town Centre section of The Waterfront is Event Awareness Day. Activities include: arts & crafts for children and teens, Dave N Busters Powercard giveaway, and information tables on domestic violence and teen dating violence plus much more. 

For more about Womansplace, Inc.’s events, please visit
The World Bank Group
The World Bank Group kicked off their recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month with an event on September 28 featuring a keynote address by Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues. In her capacity as Director of the Department of State's new office on Global Women's Issues, Ambassador Verveer coordinates foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women around the world.

On October 14, they continued their events with the panel presentation “Domestic Abuse: Impact on Children, Child Custody Issues, Legal Recourses, International Child Abduction, Prevention and Response and Men's Role in Reducing Violence.”

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