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2005 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities
Proclamation from President Bush Announcing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

US House of Representatives Resolution 209 declaring October 2005 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

American Express

American Express in Phoenix, AZ will be holding brown bag sessions for employees and leader sessions for managers at four locations on October 4th and 5th. CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells will be one of the presenters.

American Express in the World Financial Center in New York City will collect used wireless phones to benefit victims of domestic violence. In the hands of a victim, these phones are a lifeline enabling them to call for assistance when faced with an emergency situation. The phones collected will be donated to The Wireless Foundation through the Call to Protect campaign.

Avon Foundation

The Avon Foundation is proud to announce the upcoming release this fall of the informational CD, Speak Out Against Domestic Violence: What You Can Do To Help. The new CD answers important questions such as:

  • If you are concerned that someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, what should you do?
  • If someone shares her painful secret of domestic violence, what should you say?
  • If you are a victim of domestic violence, where can you turn?

Seven out of ten domestic violence victims tell someone about the abuse they are experiencing. You can be the person offering support, information and resources. This new CD will help you learn about domestic violence so you'll feel comfortable talking to someone who might be a victim. The CD is not intended to make you an expert, but it will provide you with basic information, tips and resources. The CD is funded by the Avon Foundation and is being developed by the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence. The CD will be available this fall. For more information in the coming months and to reserve your free copy, please e-mail and note in the subject line "CD Inquiry."

The Avon Foundation also continues to make their Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Bracelet available. The small price of $3.00 will raise money that can help save the lives of those trapped in the cycle of domestic violence, and the message you carry on your wrist just may raise the awareness of someone who needs help. Click here to purchase the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Bracelet.


On September 30th, the Central Illinois CAEPV Members will celebrate CAEPV's 10th Anniversary with a networking party hosted by Soroptimist International of the Midwest.

In addition to coordinating member company events and activities throughout October, CAEPV presents the results of its 10th Anniversary National Telephone Benchmarking Survey. This first-ever national survey of adults across the US discovers what the general employee population believes about domestic violence as a workplace issue. The following CAEPV Member companies are sponsors of this survey:

Central Illinois CAEPV Members and Friends

 In Central Illinois, Radio Bloomington and local CAEPV members are co-sponsoring IT'S TIME TO TALK DAY to raise awareness throughout local communities.

Illinois State University

CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells presents "When Loving Hurts: Unhealthy Relationship" at Illinois State University on September 23rd.

The Illinois State University Police Department will air the CRIME STOPPERS TV episode entitled: "Domestic Violence" in the University Residence Halls October 9th-14th, as part of "It's Time To Talk Day." This initiative is in collaboration with the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence of which Illinois State University is an active member. Dates and times will be provided to the Daily Vidette and the Illinois State University Report in an effort to disseminate this information. They will also advertise program scheduling on Campus Connections.

Lifetime Television

Lifetime Television is offering two FREE brochures in English and Spanish that can be given to employees, customers, clients, etc. in October. One, titled "It's a Team Effort," features the images and insight of a variety of sports figures, actors and performers - from singer/songwriter Ashanti to New York Giants running back Tiki Barber - all speaking out against domestic violence and sexual assault. The second offers 10 Ways Women and Men Can Stop Violence, with a pull-out card to keep in your wallet. Contact Lauren Frederick at Lifetime at with requested quantities (up to 500 can be ordered) and a mailing address.

On October 24 and 25, Lifetime Television presents its two-part original miniseries, Human Trafficking, starring Mira Sorvino, Donald Sutherland and Robert Carlyle. The program will air on October 24th at 9 PM (Eastern and Pacific), and conclude on October 25th at 9 PM (Eastern and Pacific). Human Trafficking is a tough, uncompromising drama about the brutal realities behind the international trafficking of women and children for sex and the battle to rescue its victims enslaved in America.

Liz Claiborne Inc.

Liz Claiborne will donate $1.00 to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), for every order placed on during October. In addition, they will sponsor It's Time to Talk Day on October 11, 2005 with a series of events designed to bring awareness to the important issue of domestic violence. These events include a text messaging poll with Verizon Wireless, launch of their Love Is Not Abuse dating violence curriculum around the country, a Safe in the Workplace Company Hotline where HR managers from across the country can call CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells and Liz Claiborne Vice President of Associate Relations Dennis Butler, ending with Liz Claiborne CEO Paul Charron ringing the closing bell of the NYSE.

Mary Kay Inc.

On Thursday, October 20th, PBS will be airing a new documentary underwritten by The Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation. Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories is a powerful new documentary that chronicles the long-term effects of domestic violence on children. From the adult children of abuse to those experiencing the trauma today, this new television special features moving and unforgettable profiles of those struggling to put their lives back together. To check for local airtimes, go to, input your zip code and your local stations will appear. Then search for Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories. Airing of the documentary could provide a forum which advocates and communities can gather to focus on the issue. For details about the program content and its award-winning producers, please go to

In addition to underwriting the cost of Breaking the Silence: Chiledren's Stories, a 60-minute PBS documentary that chronicles the impact of domestic violence on children, the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation has committed $3 million to domestic violence shelters and safe houses in all 50 states. Each of the 150 participating shelters will receive a $20,000 grant to meet needs specific to each of the recipient shelters. The increase in the shelter grant awards again this year is due in large measure to the generosity of the tens of thousands of Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants who have contributed to the Foundation during the year. Their contributions at Mary Kay's annual Seminars in Dallas this summer set new records for giving at that event.

Northern Trust

On November 2nd and 3rd, CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells will present to employees and managers at Northern Trust in Chicago.


The Congressional Affairs Office of RAND has organized a briefing for interested Members and staff on the topic of Teen Dating Violence and has highlighed some findings from a large CDC-funded RAND evaluation on the topic.

The Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas

On November 11th, The Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas will present an Intimate Partner Violence and the Workplace Conference. The keynote speaker for this conference is CAEPV Board President Jane Randel. Other presenters include CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells, CAEPV Advisory Board Member Robin Runge, Diane Delucci of Macy's West, and many others.

State Farm Great Lakes Zone

The Administrative Services Loss Prevention Unit of the State Farm Great Lakes Zone will be hosting Domestic Violence Awareness Sessions in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Posters will be prominently displayed in public areas such as breakrooms or lunchrooms and handouts will also be available to employees. Displays will be staffed during lunch times so that employee questions can be answered. Display dates/times are as follows:


  • Chicago North Arlington Heights (October 10-14)
  • Chicago South Tinley Park (October 10-14)
  • Chicago West Downers Grove (October 10-14)
  • Illinois Operations Bloomington Center (October 12-13)

Indiana: Indiana Operations West Lafayette Center (October 12-13)

Michigan: Kalamazoo Operations Center (October 12-13)

State Farm Insurance Companies

September 29 -- CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells presents "The Impact of Domestic Violence In the Workplace" to the State Farm Great Lakes Zone in Downers Grove, Illinois

Week of October 10 -- State Farm Insurance Companies hosts Domestic Violence and Crime Prevention Awareness efforts with displays and materials available to employees in several locations throughout the State Farm campuses. Information will be available to employees on State Farm Workplace Security, Domestic Violence, and Crime Prevention through the rest of the week at Bloomington Corporate facilities.

The Silent Witness Exhibit will be on display at Corporate Headquarters on Monday, October 10 and at Corporate South on Wednesday, October 12. A representative from Mid-Central Community Action's Countering Domestic Violence Program will be present both days.

In addition, local law enforcement agencies will be on-site with information pertaining to domestic violence and crime prevention.

October 11-- "It's Time To Talk" information will be posted on the State Farm Intranet site, available to all employees company wide.

October 17-- Lt. Mark Kotte, from the Normal Police Department will present information on Crime Prevention, focusing on residential security during a Lunch & Learn program at State Farm Insurance Companies Corporate Headquarters.

October 24 -- CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells presents "When Love Hurts: How to Help a Loved One in an Unhealthy Relationship" Lunch & Learn program at State Farm Insurance Companies Corporate Headquarters.

Other Activities Include:

  • The State Farm Corporate employee newspaper/publications -- The ALFI and The State Farm Times-- will feature an article in October on domestic violence awareness and crime prevention.
  • A flyer with all of the above activities will be placed on all Corporate employees desks prior to the week of October 10, and posters will be displayed in atriums.
Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless and Liz Claiborne have joined forces to conduct a text-messaging poll using wireless phones to help raise awareness of domestic violence. From October 7th through October 26th, wireless users with text capability can participate in the poll by sending a message with the word "TALK" to ENDDV (36338), and subsequently they will be asked if they want to participate in a poll inquiring if they know someone who is a victim or perpetrator of domestic violence. The results of the poll will be announced at the end of October. Standard message rates apply. Wireless users with carriers other than Verizon Wireless should check with their carrier to see if they are participating in the poll.
Central Illinois CAEPV Members and Friends will participate in "It's Time To Talk Day" events on October 11. Examples of activities include distributing educational materials in workplaces, holding seminars for employees, including domestic violence information, tying purple ribbons to law enforcement vehicle antennas, displaying Silent Witness Project silhouettes in prominent areas, hanging posters in workplaces, holding a Candlelight vigil and march on the evening of October 11 (McLean County Historical Museum) and working with media partner, Radio Bloomington.
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