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2010 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities
Proclamation from President Obama Announcing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
The Domestic Violence Task Force at Good Samaritan Hospital has a library of resources available including DVDs and presentations that can be customized to fit the need of the group (corporations, schools, churches, civic groups etc). Below are just a few of the titles available: 

Videos 
  • Killing Us Softy: a look at the depiction of women in the media (45 min.) 
  • When Domestic Violence Comes to Work: training for employees and managers about how domestic violence impacts the workplace (60 min.) 
  • Breaking Our Silence: Gloucester Men Speak Out: case study of how men come together to challenge the violence construction of masculinity (11 min.) 
Presentation topics
  • Domestic Violence 101
  • Violence in the Workplace
  • Creating a Safe Haven for Employees who are Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Effects of Domestic Violence on Children 
  • Healthy Teen Dating Relationships 
Videos and presentations are provided free to our Advocate Good Samaritan’s community partners. For more information, or to request materials, contact Sarah Katula at sarah.katula@advocatehealth.com or call 630-275-6212.
Allstate Insurance Companies
The Allstate Foundation will donate $1 to the National Network to End Domestic Violence for each person who “likes” Click To Empower on Facebook. And…they’ll donate an additional $1 for each person who pledges to Tell a Gal Pal about domestic violence on Facebook.

To learn more and help them reach their goal of $20,000, visit www.clicktoempower.org or head right over to www.facebook.com/clicktoempower.

(You can also see watch Cheryl Burke of “Dancing with the Stars” and Judge Jeanine Pirro talking about how important it is to “Tell a Gal Pal” or visit here for the Allstate YouTube channel.)
Avon Products Inc./The Avon Foundation for Women
The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded 32 new grants to create an Avon Empowerment Self-Sufficiency Program that will help domestic violence survivors receive the necessary guidance and assistance to establish economically independent, violence-free lives. Nearly 150 outstanding proposals were received and reviewed for this new program, and the 32 Self-Sufficiency Coordinator positions funded were selected based on rankings of those proposals by a prestigious panel of experts in the field.

The selected agencies will help Domestic Violence survivors create better lives for themselves and their families. DV agencies across the country are facing reductions in their funding, while the need for services is at unprecedented levels. The Avon Foundation is proud to support these 32 full-time positions that will be located in Family Justice Centers or other community-based DV agencies/shelters offering co-located, multi-agency services for victims.

The Avon Foundation for Women has also awarded grants to provide direct services to domestic violence victims and their families as part of its annual program that invites Avon regional branch offices across the United States to nominate local non-profit organizations for funding under the Avon Foundation for Women Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program.

The organizations selected for grants support victims across the country and deliver essential services, including shelter, counseling, educational and professional training, and advocacy and case management.

The Avon Foundation for Women, a 501(c)3 public charity, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women. Through 2010, Avon global philanthropy has donated more than $800 million in more than 55 countries for causes most important to women. Today Avon philanthropy focuses its funding on breast cancer research and access to care, efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence, its women's environmental movement to nurture nature, and efforts to provide relief and recovery in times of major natural disasters and emergencies.

In 1992 Avon launched its Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to increase funding and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and there is a new diagnosis in this country every 3 minutes. Avon is the leading corporate supporter of the breast cancer cause globally, having donated nearly $700 million and educated millions around the world to the need for early detection and to provide access to equal care for all who are diagnosed.

Avon's Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program was launched in 2004 to help break the cycle of domestic violence, because one out of 3 women will be a victim of partner abuse and violence in her lifetime. In a few short years Avon philanthropy has raised and awarded more than $30 million globally for gender violence grants and programs. Avon's Speak Out campaign has expanded to more than 50 countries and includes support for awareness, education, direct service and prevention programs.
Central Illinois CAEPV Members and Friends
Did you know that 1 in 5 relationships now start online? On Tuesday, October 5, 2010, Central Illinois members of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, Radio Bloomington and 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: Dating Safety & Technology - Log On, Look Up, Speak Out."  Event topics will focus on the role technology now has in our dating relationships--for tweens and adults--including staying safe online, texting, cyberstalking, and the legal issues surrounding these topics.

"It's Time to Talk Day" projects and events include:
  • A FREE conference at Young Main Lounge in Illinois Wesleyan University's Memorial Center. This conference, "Dating Safety & Technology - Log On, Look Up, Speak Out" will look at how various technologies play a role in our dating relationships--and what we can do to stay safe and keep our relationships healthy
  • Local governments, universities & colleges will issue proclamations of "It's Time to Talk Day" and encourage citizens to take a moment to talk about healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • Soroptimist of Bloomington-Normal hosts "I'm Your Mother, Not Your Friend....Except on Facebook" for parents at Lancaster's Fine Dining in Downtown Bloomington
  • 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
  • Viral text and Facebook messages promoting respectful texting
  • Electronic billboard messages
  • AND MORE!

You can learn more by clicking here.

CIGNA Corporation
CIGNA will post the Presidential Proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month on CIGNA intranet so that all employees will see it.

Additionally, CIGNA’s ongoing support and membership in CAEPV will be highlighted on its intranet along with a link to the CAEPV website. CIGNA will distribute materials regarding domestic violence and highlighting resources available to employees in need of assistance.

Later in the month, CIGNA Corporate Security and CIGNA EAP will partner to present a webinar on partner violence available to EAP client companies of CIGNA.

Colorado Bar Association
The Colorado Bar Association is partnering with Colorado Legal Services, Metro Volunteer Lawyers, and Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence to host a reception for lawyers and law firms that provide pro bono representation for domestic violence victims.  The reception will be at the Colorado Bar Association offices on October 28.    
COUNTRY Financial
In addition to participating in "It's Time to Talk Day" in Central Illinois on October 5, COUNTRY Financial, GROWMARK, IAA Credit Union, and Illinois Farm Bureau employees will hold a Shelter Kit Drive to benefit Mid Central Community Action's (MCCA) Countering Domestic Violence Program and Neville House.  The MCCA is located in Bloomington, Illinois and the drive will be held  September 27-October 2.  COUNTRY Financial is collecting the following items to donate to Neville House:  
  • used cell phones
  • gift cards for food, gas and phone minutes
  • baby monitors
  • non-perishable food
  • cleaning supplies diapers
COUNTRY Financial asked CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells to provide a guest post for its “My Name Is Country” blog in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The post is titled “Take a moment to talk.”
Liz Claiborne Inc.
Liz Claiborne Inc. is sponsoring the seventh annual national "It’s Time to Talk Day" with partners on December 8th. 

Additionally, CAEPV Member Liz Claiborne and their Love Is Not Abuse program are featured in the October 2010 issue of Redbook magazine. “10 Ways You Can Keep A Woman Safe” features ideas such as hosting a clothing swap to raise funds for a local shelter, shopping on October 17 during Macy’s “Shop for a Cause” event, recycling your cell phone to benefit domestic violence programs, and seven other items on a list – as the article says “Do just one thing on this list and give a woman hope.” 

The Mary Kay Foundation / Mary Kay Inc.
Just in time for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay Foundation has awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in need nationwide. Each shelter received a $20,000 grant to help combat domestic violence, educate local communities and provide much needed shelter and rehabilitation services. The Mary Kay Foundation is celebrating its 10th year in working to make a difference in the lives of domestic violence survivors. To date, The Mary Kay Foundation has donated nearly $25 million to domestic violence organizations nationwide. For a complete list of 2010 shelter grant recipients please visit www.marykayfoundation.org.

Also this month at Mary Kay Inc.’s world headquarters in Dallas, Texas, The Mary Kay Foundation will hold its 6th annual MK5K run to help with the Foundation’s efforts in combating domestic violence. The company will also conduct a brown bag lunch to educate employees about the dynamics of domestic violence and resources available in local community.

Mary Kay has long recognized the importance of educating women about domestic violence and keeping them safe from it. Materials on domestic violence awareness and prevention are accessible to Mary Kay’s independent sales force, which exceeds 2 million members worldwide. The Mary Kay Foundation is supported by Mary Kay independent sales force members, Mary Kay Inc., and is an important part of the legacy of Mary Kay Ash.

“Mary Kay has made a long term commitment to bring an end to domestic violence and it is our hope that through education, advocacy, and donations we can help the brave survivors begin a path to recovery,” said Anne Crews, The Mary Kay Foundation board member and vice president of Mary Kay Inc. “The Mary Kay Foundation’s annual grant program can help with the critical needs of domestic violence shelters as part of our ongoing effort to support domestic violence survivors and the individuals who help them every day.”
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 Sexting, Facebook and Common Sense: 10 Things You Need to Know About Stalking/Cyberstalking takes place October 14 and is being presented by Ann Howland, MS, ICDVP of the Mid Central Community Action Inc. Countering Domestic Violence Program. 

State Farm Insurance Companies recognizes October 5 as "It's Time To Talk Day" in Central Illinois and will be participating in the local events in the community, as well as educating employees on the importance of this date. 

Company-wide State Farm Insurance Companies will post intranet articles and information specifically focused on October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Verizon
Verizon has a longstanding commitment to raising awareness of domestic violence and aiding in its prevention. Since 2007, the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, has awarded more than $15 million in grants to nonprofit organizations that support those affected by domestic violence. Verizon’s efforts include:
  • “Telling Amy’s Story” – A powerful documentary on domestic violence that chronicles the time leading up to the death of Amy Homan McGee, a mother of two who was shot and killed by her husband. The documentary, created by Pennsylvania State University Public Broadcasting, is currently airing on stations throughout the country. A complete listing of stations and times is available at http://telling.psu.edu. “Telling Amy’s Story” builds on a successful domestic violence prevention program at Pennsylvania State University. Both the training program and the documentary were funded through Verizon Foundation grants in the amount of $385,000.
     
  • Text-to-Donate Program – Verizon and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) are teaming up to launch the text-to-donate program. Customers can make a $10 donation to NNEDV by texting “HOPE” to 41010. One hundred percent of each $10 donation will go to NNEDV and its affiliated state domestic violence coalitions. Verizon will waive its customers’ text messaging fees, and customers’ $10 donations will appear on their next monthly bills. As part of the text-to-donate campaign, HopeLine from Verizon will also match donations up to $50,000. 
     
  • Samsung Gusto™ – The color purple has symbolized domestic violence awareness and prevention for over 20 years. To honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a limited edition of the simple and sleek Samsung Gusto will be available in purple online at www.verizonwireless.com on Oct. 1 and will be free after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement for the month of October. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
In addition, through HopeLine, Verizon's phone recycling program, the company collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any carrier and puts them to work in the community by turning them into support for domestic violence survivors. Phones collected through HopeLine recycling drives are either refurbished and sold or recycled, and proceeds are donated to organizations that work against domestic violence in the form of cash grants and prepaid Verizon Wireless phones for survivors. Phones that cannot be refurbished are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. Consumers can donate their phones at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide or by mail using the postage-paid mailing label available at http://aboutus.vzw.com/communityservice/HopeLineLabel.pdf

The World Bank Group
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and Inter-American Development Bank are “Partnering to Prevent Domestic Abuse” by holding a series of three programs

October 18Preventing Violence in Our Lives: The Gift of Fear

Keynote by Gavin de Becker, the best-selling author of The Gift of Fear, and several other bestsellers that teach about violence and safety. His books are now published in 15 languages, and have been cited in more than a hundred other books, as well as profiled in TIME and Newsweek, featured on Larry King Live, Oprah Winfrey, and 60 Minutes, among many others.

Last year, Oprah Winfrey dedicated an hour-long show to commemorate the 10-Year Anniversary of the The Gift of Fear – and this year, Ms Winfrey dedicated two shows to Gavin’s teachings about reducing domestic violence and spousal homicide. This is the topic Mr. de Becker will be discussing on October 18.

October 20 – Domestic Abuse Around the World: What You Need to Know, and What You Can Do to Help (Panel Discussion)

Panelists and speakers include
  • Shirley Siegel Human Resources Director, IMF
  • Betty Luan Advocates Program Co-Director, Domestic Violence Resource Project
  • Helen Hall Victim Services Advocate, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Washington DC
  • Manuel Contreras Gender and Public Health Specialist International Center for Research on Women
  • Pauline Muchina Senior Partnership Adviser, UNAIDS
  • Revathi K. Vikram Board Member, ASHA for Women
  • Tina Tinde Diversity Advisor, IADB
  • iersten Stewart Director of Public Policy and Advocacy Family Violence Prevention Fund
October 27DVIP Players and “Telling Amy’s Story” 
DVIP Players - Staff from DC Court Services Agency have presented nationally and internationally dramatizing family violence as a means of community education.

Telling Amy’s Story – This documentary film is hosted by actress and activist Mariska Hargitay, and told by detective Deirdri Fishel. It follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred in a rural Pennsylvania college town.
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