SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – As survivors, advocates and first responders commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October, state Representative Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, is encouraging members of the community to report any suspicions of domestic violence and offer support to survivors.
“Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects men and women of all ages and in all areas of the state,” said Mussman. “We must work together as a community to protect families, women and children in dangerous situations and reduce incidents of this devastating crime.”
To prevent domestic abusers from using tracking software to maintain control over their victims and make it more difficult for them to seek help, Mussman supported House Bill 3251 earlier this year. The new law creates the offense of illegal electronic monitoring, or installing electronic monitoring software on a cell phone or tablet as a means to threaten bodily harm, sexual assault, confinement or restraint.
Mussman is the chairperson of the Northwest Suburban Alliance on Domestic Violence and also voted to pass a budget that fully funds domestic violence shelters and includes funding for services that empower survivors of abuse to rebuild their lives.
“We all need to be aware every day of our family, friends and colleagues that are experiencing domestic violence,” said Vickie Smith, Executive Director of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “However, during October which is designated as Domestic Violence Awareness month, local communities take time to host a number of events that honor those that have died and celebrate those that have broken free of the bonds of domestic violence.”
A list of events happening in Illinois is available here. To learn more about the warning signs of abuse or to receive confidential support from a trained advocate, call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Mussman serves the 56th District, which includes portions of Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Roselle, Rolling Meadows, and Palatine.