Chicago Police Departments June 2011 quarterly statistical report on domestic violence shows 93,467 domestic-related call events (domestic disturbance, domestic battery, and violation order of protection (VOOP)) in the first six months of 2011. The report shows there were 10 general domestic murders and three child abuse murder during this time. Even though the numbers show a decline of 7.1% compared to last years numbers, one incident of domestic violence is too many.
In efforts to understand domestic violence, how life around us can enforce that “It’s OK” attitude and open dialogue on prevention; Chicago offers for Octobers Domestic Violence Awareness Month two events:
Violence in the Media, Violence in our Lives Community Dialogue from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at The Hideout,1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago.
This event takes on the task of creating community dialogue and action around homophobia and violence against women in music. It will ask the question do musicians and music journalists, as role models and suppliers of mass media, have a responsibility to consider how hateful messages translate within our communities and as consumers of music and media, how can we be more informed.
The discussion begins with Miles Raymer of The Reader, Hip Hop artist Tim’m West, writer, poet, performer C.C. Carter and will be moderated by Erin Gloria Ryan from Jezebel. After the discussion, Tim’m, DJ the Tornado, and other great musicians will perform.
This event is sponsored among Between Friends, Rape Victim Advocates, the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Center on Halsted, and the Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
For additional information, please contact Colleen Norton at Between Friends at 773-274-5232×26 or by email at [email protected]etweenfriendschicago.org.
Event number two takes place on Thursday, October 27, 2011, “Taking Action: How Men Can Stop Violence Against Women Town Hall” from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Room L, 250 E. Superior St., Chicago.
This event is to raise awareness on dating violence and sexual assault among young people on their campuses and in their communities. This town hall meeting is hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services- Office on Women’s Health, the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
This town hall meeting will be led by men, including Rape Victim Advocates’ Prevention Education Specialist, Steve Adler, and will bring together domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions, community leaders, activists and advocates, and other stakeholders to have a conversation on how men can become more active in stopping violence against women.
The Town Hall Meeting format will consist of the following components:
- Press conference
- Panel discussion
- Q & A session
- Public comment session
To register and for questions, please contact Emily Conner by email at [email protected] or by phone at (312)886-3881