October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Judge Rosemary Collins, chairman of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court Family Violence Coordinating Council (17th FVCC), announces that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The 17th FVCC will be hosting several awareness events and campaigns throughout the month of October. These events will take place in Boone and Winnebago counties.

Oct. 10, Mayor Larry Morrissey proclaimed October Domestic Violence Month in Rockford at the City Council meeting. Oct. 11 is National Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day, featuring awareness activities at each local hospital, sponsored by the local Illinois Health Cares project of WAVE.

The Silent Witness project, which began Oct. 4, will be displayed at various public locations until Oct. 26, where they will be collectively displayed at the “Shining the Light on Domestic Violence” event. Saturday, Oct. 14, Community Day Coupons will be on sale at Bergner’s. Proceeds benefit WAVE and other local agencies. From 9 to 10 a.m., WNTA 1330 radio will host an interview with Rockford Police Dept. Sgt. Thompson and Winnebago County Assistant State’s Attorney Tom Wartowski.

Thursday, Oct. 19 is Marshall’s 19th annual National “Shop ’til it Stops Day.” A percent of the day’s proceeds will go to the Family Violence Prevention Fund. Saturday, Oct. 21 is the day of the WAVE Awareness Walk and Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling’s Clothesline Project display on the Sinnissippi Rec path. Meet at the log lodge at 8 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 22, there will be a lab coat presentation with RADAR cards included. At 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24, the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Unit will host a “Bruncheon Luncheon for Victims.” Thursday, Oct. 26, there will be a brief closing ceremony for “Shining the Light on Domestic Violence” at 5:30 p.m. at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic, 319 W. State St. (Talcott Building).

Judge Collins states: “We will continue to raise awareness about the issue of family violence until there is no more. This is an issue that affects our community as a whole, and we ask that the community join us in working towards putting an end to this crime.”

For more information, contact the 17th FVCC’s Coordinator Andrea Carlson at 987-2527.

From the Oct. 11-17, 2006, issue

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