Each year the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Verizon sponsor a video challenge for Illinois high schoolers to create videos to promote healthy dating relationships. Students at Barrington High School won second and third place for the videos they submitted and received iPad minis, Kindles, and sweatshirts from the Chicago Bears.
In December of 2014, we were lucky enough to have Chicago Bears Safety Ryan Mundy visit with the families at A Safe Place. Ryan brought a van full of toys for our holiday store, as well as a gift basket for each family, and flags so that each child at A Safe Place could show their support for the Bears.
The Huffington Post Chicago recently featured A Safe Place in an article about early intervention with both abusers and young victims of domestic violence.The article highlighted our mentoring program; young men in the community are matched with a positive role model who can help teach them respectful behavior and healthy relationship expectations.
In light of recent incidents coming to light, the No More Campaign has taken a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault. The No More logo aspires to help break social stigma, normalize the conversations around domestic violence and sexual assault, and increase resources to address these issues.
Lastly, an article that might be slightly older, but is something we are nonetheless proud of. Our D100 program at the Lake County Courthouse advocates for domestic violence victims who are in court to take legal action against their abusers, usually in the form of an emergency order of protection. The D100 program won a statewide award presented by the Illinois Attorney General's Violent Crime Assistance Program.
For more, please view the press releases attached to the bottom of this page.