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It's Time to Talk:  (un)Healthy Relationships.  (un)Recognized.

On Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 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's theme is: "It's Time to Talk: (un)Healthy Relationships. (un)Recognized."   

Events focus on the truth that anyone of any background can find herself or himself in an (un)healthy relationship and it is important that we recognize what an (un)healthy relationship looks like.  Statistics show that domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and elder abuse occur in every demographic.

Local CAEPV members and community partners will participate in "It's Time to Talk Day" in the following ways:
    Local governments, universities & colleges will issue proclamations of "It's Time to Talk Day" and encourage 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 12:00 noon on October 4 at Second Presbyterian Church in Downtown Bloomington, Illinois.  

    The 11th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council presents "It's Time to Talk: Compassion Fatigue. (un)Recognized." at Second Presbyterian Church in Downtown Bloomington. 

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

    Verizon Wireless Midwest Region and community partners are holding a HopeLine cell phone drive throughout Bloomington-Normal to collect no longer used cell phones, batteries and accessories.  The donations will be used to support victims of domestic violence.   
Other "It's Time to Talk Day" projects and events include:
  • 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
  • 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 learn the warning signs of an (un)healthy relationship so that domestic violence is no longer (un)recognized. 
    WHEN:  Tuesday, October 4, 2011 (12:00 Noon - 12:30PM)
    WHERE: Second Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall - 313 North East Street; Bloomington, IL
    NEWS RELEASE & PRESS PACKET:   [ Download ]
    CALENDAR OF EVENTS:  [ Download ]
    CONTACT:  Kim Wells,, (309) 664-0667 or (309) 339-2859
    • Comments will focus on why "Taking a Moment to Talk" about abuse in relationships is important.
    • Speakers will highlight why they are participating in "It's Time to Talk Day" and why the "Day" is important to their respective organizations, clients and constituents.
    • Some speakers may be considered non-traditional sources for assisting victims of abuse.  Their everyday interactions with people, including unidentified victims, provide unique opportunities for outreach.

    NOTE:  There will not be a multi-box available for this news conference.  There will be a podium for journalists to use microphones. 
Proclamations & Resolutions
Customizable Event Posters
5th Annual Conference - "It's Time to Talk:  Compassion Fatigue. (un)Recognized." presented by the 11th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council
    TITLE:  "It's Time to Talk:  Compassion Fatigue. (un)Recognized."
    WHEN: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 (8:15AM - 3:15PM)
    SPONSOR: 11th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council with the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence
    WHERE: Second Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall - 313 North East Street; Bloomington, IL
    AUDIENCE:  Practitioners serving individuals and families affected by family violence -- social workers, counselors, lawyers, child welfare workers, teachers, etc.
    COST:  $12 - Registration closes Tuesday, September 27.
    CONTACT:  Gardenia Harris, 

    SPEAKER:  Cheryl Bristor-Wilson, LCSW, CADC, CEAP
    CDB & Associates Counseling and Consulting

    This conference will take a look at the issue of compassion fatigue as it specifically relates to working with individuals and families impacted by family violence--including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and child abuse.

    • Define compassion fatigue
    • Recognize the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue (in yourself, in colleagues)
    • Identify who is at risk of developing compassion fatigue and identify the causes
    • Learn how compassion fatigue is different from burnout
    • Develop strategies to deal with compassion fatigue / Are there strategies to prevent it? / Create a self-care plan for countering compassion fatigue
    • Understand how compassion fatigue impacts relationships with clients, co-workers and family/friends
       8:15 - 8:45 AM         Registration and Continental Breakfast
       8:45 - 9:00 AM         Welcome - Judge Paul Lawrence
       9:00 - 11:45 AM       Compassion Fatigue Program with Cheryl Bristor-Wilson
      11:45 - 12:45 AM      Lunch Break - on your own
      12:45 - 3:00 PM        Compassion Fatigue Program with Cheryl Bristor-Wilson
       3:00 - 3:15 PM         Conference Wrap Up, Evaluations & CEUs 
    • CEUs for social workers through Northern Illinois University, paid directly to NIU ($9 / 0.5 CEU / 5.0 contact hrs )
    • CPDUs for teachers through Illinois State University, paid directly to ISU ($10 / 5.0 contact hrs)
    • ICDVP CEUs will be offered through Mid-Central Community Action's Countering Domestic Violence program at no cost.   ($0 / 5.0 contact hrs.)
    • The Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council (IFVCC) is an accredited provider of General MCLEs for Illinois Attorneys.  For this event 4.75 General MCLEs will be provided. ($0 / 5.0 contact hours)

    ABOUT:  11th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council
    ABOUT:  Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence 
Soroptimist Sponsored Lunch & Learn - "(un)Healthy Relationships. (un)Recognized."
    WHEN:  Tuesday, October 4, 2011 (Noon - 1:00PM, doors open at 11:30AM)
    SPONSORS:  Soroptimist of Bloomington-Normal
    WHERE:  Lancaster's Restaurant in Downtown Bloomington, 513 N. Main Street, Bloomington, IL
    COST:  FREE to the general putlic, but registration required. Box lunch is available for $10.00 and must be reserved in advance.
    CONTACT:  Karen Fleming,, (309) 454-2513
    SPEAKER:  Julia Bozarth, MA, MS, LCPC, Collaborative Solutions Institute

    Parents – are you ready for teen relationships in the social networking era? Have you noticed even the slightest changes your teen’s personality, friendships, or schoolwork? Come to this presentation and educate yourself on the warning signs of unhealthy relationships in this social media society.

    ABOUT:  Soroptimist International   
Purple Tie Initiative - Normal Police Department and Town of Normal
    WHEN:  October 4, 2011
    SPONSORS: Normal Police Department and the Town of Normal
    WHERE:  Town of Normal   

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and purple is the color used to raise awareness of domestic violence.  On October 4, 2011, the Town of Normal is asking employees and citizens to be a part of the second annual "Purple Tie Initiative" and wear a purple tie (or any item of purple clothing) to support victims and survivors of domestic violence in our community and to raise awareness that domestic violence is "everybody's business."   

    ABOUT:  Normal Police Department
    ABOUT:  Town of Normal
The Clothesline Project
    WHEN:  October 4, 2011, 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    SPONSORS:  YWCA McLean County - Stepping Stones
    WHERE:  1201 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington   

    Come witness the strength of survivors in McLean County.  For many years, survivors have created t-shirts to express their journey through pain and healing.  The shirts are hung in their honor to remind us all about the fact that violence affects people everywhere.  These shirts are referred to as The Clothesline Project.  Stop in any time between 9:00am and 5:00pm to read the shirts that will be hung on our Hershey Road fence.
    Survivors are welcome to take time to create a shirt to add to the clothesline.  Support will be provided by trained Stepping Stones staff and volunteers.    

    ABOUT:  YWCA McLean County
Walking the Walk - Survivor Empathy Simulation
    WHEN:  October 4, 2011
    • Session 1:  4:00 - 5:00pm
    • Session 2:  5:00 - 6:00pm
    SPONSORS: YWCA mcLean County - Stepping Stones
    WHERE:  1201 N. Hershey  Road, Bloomington 

    Take a journey into the life of a sexual assault survivor, increase your understanding of what it means to survive a traumatic act of violence.  Experience the powerlessness of their loved ones, invest your time in this activity to better understand what it means to suport survivors in our community.  Two identical session are being offered between 4:00 - 6:00pm. 

    ABOUT:  YWCA McLean County
HopeLine® from Verizon Cell Phone Collection
    HopeLine® from Verizon puts the nation’s most reliable network to work in the community by turning no-longer used cell phones into support for domestic violence victims and survivors.  As part of "It's Time to Talk Day" and "Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events," Verizon Wireless' Midwest Region and the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence are collecting no longer used wireless phones.

    HopeLine® Press Kit
    WHEN: October 2011 - Dates vary, see below
    SPONSORS: Verizon Wireless Midwest Region and the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence
    • 11th Judicial Circuit FVCC Conference at Second Pres. Church (October 4)
    • Children's Home + Aid  (October 3 - 17)
      • Administration Building
      • Child Care Center
      • Crisis Nursery
      • Healthy Start House
    • Heartland Community College (October 1 - 31)
      • Community Commons Building (CCB)
      • Student Commons Building (SCB) Café
      • Workforce Development Center (WDC)
      • Fitness Recreation Center (FRC)
      • Astroth Community Education Center (ACEC)
      • Child Development Lab (CDL)
      • Instructional Commons Building (ICB)
      • Instructional Commons North (ICN)
    • Illinois State University 
      • 231 Redbird Arena (October 1 - 31)
      • Women & Gender Studies, Rachel Cooper Hall (October 3 - 7)
    • McLean County State's Attorney's Office (October 1 - 31)
    • Mid Central Community Action (October 1 - 31)
    • Radio Bloomington (October 1 - 31)
    • State Farm Insurance Companies (October 3 - 6)
      • Corporate Headquarters
      • Corporate South H Building
      • Corporate South P Building
      • Downtown Bloomington Building
      • Oakland Avenue Building
      • MRSF-C
    • YWCA McLean County (October 1 - 31)
      • Child Care, Hershey Road
      • Customer Service, Hershey Road 
      • Senior Services, Regional Office of Education Building, Main Street
Children's Home + Aid Wish List Drive for Neville House
Social Media Opportunities

Below are examples of Facebook status updates and Twitter messages that focus on this year's theme of "It's Time to Talk: (un)Healthy Relationships. (un)Recognized." and related links to resources.  We encourage everyone to use these messages on October 4 to spread awareness.

  • How do you talk to your kids about taking the (un) out of (un)healthy relationships? Start here:  
  • How do you talk about (un)healthy relationships with your teens? Here are 10 ways to start:  
  • Would you know an (un)healthy relationship if you saw one? Find out:  
  • “The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid.” We are all unkind sometimes. How do you know when (un)kind words are a sign of an (un)healthy relationship?  
Additional Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events

    Children's Foundation / Children's Home + Aid

    WHEN: October 2011
    SPONSOR: Children's Foundation / Children's Home + Aid
    LOCATION:  Children's Foundation / Children's Home + Aid offices
    WHAT:  The Children's Foundation is hosting several events during the month of October.
    • Participating in the HopeLine from Verizon Phone Drive (October 3 -17)
    • Hosting a Wish List Drive for Neville House (October 3 -17)
    • Wearing and distribution purple ribbons, bows and keychains.
    • Hosting a "Purple Day" for staff.
    • Placing domestic violence awareness information in employees timecards statewide.
    • Issued a proclamation for "It's Time to Talk Day" and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 
    • Hosting presentations for Care & Share groups.
    • Management is hosting a Staff Appreciation Week.
    • Facilitating a brown bag lunch and learn in September to launch into October's Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities. 
    ABOUT:  Children's Foundation / Children's Home + Aid
    PATH Crisis Center -  Elder Abuse Awareness Breakfast

      Wednesday, October 5, 2011; 7:30am
    WHAT:  Elder abuse awareness breakfast and recognition of providers
    WHERE: PATH building, United Way conference room -- 201 E. Grove St.; Ste 200; Bloomington, Illinois
    RSVP & INFORMATION:  Event Flyer  
    ABOUT:  PATH, Inc.
    Chestnut Health Systems - Purple Casual Day for Employees

      Wednesday, October 5, 2011
    SPONSOR: Chestnut Health Systems
    LOCATION:  Chestnuts' offices
    WHAT:  Chestnut employees may pay a fee to participate in a "purple casual day" with the funds raised going back to Chestnut's Support Services for survivors of domestic violence.    
    ABOUT:  Chestnut Health Systems
    Mid Central Community Action's CDV Neville "Taking Steps to End Domestic Violence" 5k Run and 1-mile Walk

    :  Sunday, October 16 from 1:00 - 3:00pm
    SPONSOR: Mid Central Community Action's Countering Domestic Violence Program/Neville House
    WHERE:  Tipton Park North, 2201 Stone Mountain Blvd., Bloomington
    DETAILS:  In honor of Duncan and Jack Leichtenberg, Mid Central Community Action Inc.'s CDV Neveille House invites you to take steps to end Domestic Violence. Challenge your family, friends, and co-workers to a 5k run or 1 mile walk. Bring the whole family to this fun filled event. Wheel chairs, strollers, and dogs are welcome to participate in the 1 mile walk. In honor of Duncan’s 12th Birthday we will be accepting donations for RAIN, Rescuing Animals in Need. 
    COST:  $25.00 per participant, Children 12 and under are free
    ABOUTMid Central Community Action's Countering Domestic Violence program/Neville House
    CDV/Neville House Candlelight Vigil an "Evening of Healing & Hope"

    WHEN:  Monday, October 24 from 6:00 - 7:30pm
    SPONSOR: Mid Central Community Action's Countering Domestic Violence Program/Neville House
    WHERE:  Location provided at time of reservation
    DETAILS:  CDV/Neville House invites families directly affected by domestic violence to share in an "Evening of Healing & Hope". 
    • Enjoy dinner
    • Decorate a t-shirt to share your story
    • Let your voice be heard during "open mic"
    • Light a candle to remember victims and honor survivors of domestic violence.
    RSVP:  Adults and children welcome!  RSVP to (309) 827-7070
    ABOUT:  Mid Central Community Action's Countering Domestic Violence program/Neville House
Local Resources - Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse and Elder Abuse

The Butterfly Project – a program of The Children’s Foundation/Children’s Home + Aid
Telephone: 309-827-0374 (Business Line)
Services: Variety of services for ages 0-5 who have been exposed to violence.

Mid-Central Community Action’s Countering Domestic Violence Program  
Telephone: 309-828-8913 (Business Line) 309-827-7070 (24-Hour Hotline)
Services: Emergency shelter, outreach, court advocacy, counseling and support groups and other services for victims of domestic violence.

PATH Senior Services
Telephone: 309-828-1022 (Business Line) 309-827-4005 (Referral and Information)
Services: Elder abuse intervention, outreach and counseling.

YWCA Stepping Stones  
Telephone: 309-662-0461 (Business Line) 309-827-4005 (24-Hour Hotline)
Services: Counseling, advocacy and crisis intervention for sexual assault survivors and their loved ones

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