October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Services—What Can You Do?
 
Several organizations are dedicated to helping victims and survivors of domestic violence. Please prayerfully consider offering your help to donating to or volunteering at Sarah's Inn at https://sarahsinn.org.
 
The Domestic Violence Westside Program has a Domestic Violence Support Group. Any adult resident of Cook/Lake Counties may join this free and confidential group. The group meets weekly on Monday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm via Zoom. In this supportive community, you will learn more about domestic violence, share your story, and meet others with similar experiences. To join, contact (312) 655-7106 or mprasek@catholiccharities.net.
 
On October 23 and 24, our parish will collect personal care products from parishioners and donate them to Sarah’s Inn, which will provide them to victims of domestic violence who have left fled their abusers by leaving home and seeking shelter in a safe place. They need full-size (not small hotel-size) personal care and toiletry items such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, feminine care products, tooth paste and brushes, etc. Please place your donations of such personal care products in the receptacles in the church vestibule. And thank you!
 
For those who experience domestic violence…
If you need help: Contact Sarah’s Inn 24/7 crisis line - phone 708-386-4225;
text 708-792-3120. In an emergency: Dial 911 or call the National Domestic Violence 24-hour Hotline at 800-799-7233 or 800-7873224 TTY.
 
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Domestic Violence: Awareness—Services--Prevention

In October, during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we give attention to the phenomenon of domestic violence in our society: any kind of behavior that a person uses to control an intimate partner through fear and intimidation—including physical, sexual, psychological, verbal, and economic abuse. The mission of the Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach (ACDVO) ministry, to which our parish ministry belongs, is raising awareness of domestic violence, providing services and information about services, and preventing domestic violence. This week, we cover awareness; subsequent articles in The Dome will cover services and prevention.

Awareness—did you know?

More than 10 million adults experience domestic violence each year. Most of the victims of domestic violence are women—1 in 4 women experience some form of domestic violence during their lifetime, while 1 in 10 men do. Over 50% of men who abuse their wives also abuse their children. Younger, unmarried women are at greatest risk for domestic violence. Local domestic violence hotlines received approximately 19,000 calls each day, an average of about 13 calls every minute.

To help raise awareness of domestic violence, our Ascension parish has placed purple ribbons around the outside columns of the church, posted a banner outside, publishes articles in our bulletin, and included victims of domestic violence in our Prayers to the Faithful. Fr. Rex and Fr. Bob will also address domestic violence in their homilies.

For those who experience domestic violence…

If you need help: Contact Sarah’s Inn 24/7 crisis line to connect with advocates and counselors: phone 708-386-4225; text 708-792-3120. In an emergency: Dial 911 or call the National Domestic Violence 24-hour Hotline at

800-799-7233 or 800-7873224 TTY.