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Tuesday April 25 , 2017
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Domestic Violence

We Walk Among Angels

I am a firm believer that angels walk among us.  To me an angel is someone who has endured hardships and has come out of the difficult times with understanding and grace.  The angel that walks among us knows only love and compassion and both listens and teaches with utter attentiveness.

 

Domestic Violence

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but in light of all the recent publicity I decided to write about it now.  A few years back I wrote a 4 part series, you can go to Blogs and then Domestic Violence to find the articles, they are broken down by the following categories:  The Abuser, The Victim, Friends and Family and Starting Over.

   

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Resources

Statistics:

Every 9 seconds a woman is beaten.
In Illinois, more than 300,000 women are abused each year.
More women are injured by domestic violence than are injured in auto accidents, muggings, or rape combined.
40% of female homicides occur as a result of domestic violence.
57% of all homeless women and children are victims of domestic violence.
97% of those reporting domestic violence are women.
60% of battered women report that their first abusive relationship began in high school.
36% of high school relationships involve some type of violence.
One in five teenage girls report to have suffered physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of a dating partner.

 

Resources:

Crisis Center of  South Suburbia or call 708-429-SAFE (7233)

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the SSFS, South Suburban Family Shelter, Inc. at 708-335-3028 (these are hotline numbers).

Safety Tips: Keep tabs on your abuser, make sure they’re not watching or following you.  Be safe, notice your surroundings, the people, and the cars, and try to not be alone.  Carry your cell phone at all times and pre-program emergency phone numbers.

You can donate to the Crisis Center of South Suburbia by clicking on this link:

https://www.crisisctr.org/how_to_help/crisis_center_donate_online.asp