CHICAGO – State Rep. Jamie Andrade, D-Chicago, is inviting residents to join him and domestic violence campaigners nationally to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October.
“It’s important to recognize the absolutely essential services that domestic violence shelters across the state offer to victims—we need to ensure that they have the resources required to help victims of these brutal acts,” Andrade said. “This month provides us with an opportunity to not only raise awareness for these vital programs, but also to get involved in one of the many local events to recognize and benefit victims of domestic violence.
During the budget impasse domestic violence shelters received no funds from the state leading to reduced services, staff layoffs, and even closures. Andrade supported a bipartisan budget that includes nearly $20 million in funds to domestic violence shelters to ensure that these life-saving services for more than 53,000 adults and children who are vicimts of domestic violence can continue.
“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.”
For more information to get involved and help raise awareness for domestic violence, residents can visit the website of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, www.nnedv.org. Additionally, victims of domestic violence can use the City of Chicago’s, toll-free, Help on Domestic Violence Hotline at 877-863-6338.
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