Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2023 - The Network

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month, October 2023

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and The Network and its member organizations have many events that you can attend to show your support of survivors of gender-based violence.

Is your organization hosting an event not listed here? Contact Aaz Ehmke to get it added to the list.

Survivor Expo – October 1
A collaboration of organizations and stakeholders have come together to organize a Domestic Violence Awareness Month Event on Sunday, October 1st from 10 am-2pm. 350+ survivors from across the city will be joining the Survivor Expo to receive different resources and services for health and wellness such as applying for public benefits/appeal, for financial assistance, referrals for medical screenings, health and wellness activities, and a job fair,

The event will have different partners that will table such as:

  • The Greater Food Depository will be assisting survivors sign up for public benefits. Equal Hope will be giving medical referrals for pap smears.
  • A dental and eye office will also be giving medical referrals for cleanings and eye exams.
  • We will have an arts and crafts activity organized by 4 Soles.
  • We will have the Survivor Fund team from The Network assisting Survivors to apply for a one-time $1,000 payment.
  • We will have health and wellness activities like free self defense.

For more information, contact Esmerelda at (312) 528-5471.

#DVAM Garden Party to Support Survivor Families – KAN-WIN – October 1
Join KAN-WIN this October 1st to empower the survivor community & commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)! There will be food, drink, musical performances, and activities for all ages around healthy relationships. All proceeds will benefit KAN-WIN’s emergency support fund for survivors. More info here.


Light Up the Lakefront – Between Friends – October 1
Join us on October 1st, 2023 from 6-8p.m. to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month, show your support for survivors, and dedicate a candle to a loved one! This is a free outdoor event and no tickets are necessary. ASL and Spanish translation will be provided for all speakers. More info here.



Tips on Drafting Persuasive Petitions for Orders of Protection – SHALVA & Ascend Justice – October 3
Join SHALVA and Ascend Justice for our annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Continuing Legal Education program. Danielle Ruffatto, Managing Director, Family Law and Protective Orders Division at Ascend Justice, will be discussing the key elements and strategies behind drafting an effective petition for orders of protection. You will be a better advocate for your client’s safety after attending this program. More info here.



Domestic Violence Action Month Rally 2023 – Sarah’s Inn – October 5
Join Sarah’s Inn on Thursday, October 5, 2023 to join with community members to take action to end domestic violence. The event will include brief talks from experts on domestic violence and traumatic brain injury in domestic violence. Oak Park Bank is hosting Sarah’s Inn supporters after the rally for light refreshments. Supporters can stop by and pick up informational materials, ribbon kits, yard signs, and talk with Sarah’s Inn staff. More info here.


Annual Ribbon Tying – Swedish Hospital – October 5
Members of Swedish Hospital Community, Swedish Hospital Community Partners, and the General Public are invited to attend and tie a purple ribbon to the tree in the main lobby at Galter Medical Pavilion. These purple ribbons will remain on the tree throughout October to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month and honor those who have been impacted by domestic violence. There will be a short program after the ribbons have been tied to the tree. Those in attendance are invited to wear purple and participate in a group photo. More info here.


Leading Together Partnership Breakfast – The Network – October 5
The Network’s Leading Together Partnership Breakfast is being held on Thursday, October 5 from 8:00 am – 10:00 am at Venue SIX10! You won’t want to miss a powerful keynote from Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, presentation of our Leadership Awards to Senator Ram Villivalam and Representative Kam Buckner, and a State of The Network update from Executive Director Amanda Pyron. In addition to these incredible speakers, there will be plenty of networking time and opportunities to connect with your fellow members of the anti-gender-based violence community. More info here.



Youth Hood Fair – The Network – October 6
In honor of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Network’s Youth Advisory Board is hosting a resource fair on October 6th from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Join us for youth resources, activities, and more at 2300 S. Millard! More info here.


Walk in Faith Not in Fear – Arab American Family Services – October 7
For years, AAFS have educated, brought awareness, advocated, and have helped save lives of those who have been impacted. We hope together, we can end domestic violence and cancer, and give love and support to our survivors and their families. We are asking you to WALK WITH US! Join us at our 16th walk and spread the word. The walk will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2023 at Lake Katherine in Palos Heights. Registration will begin at 8:00 am and program will start at 9:00 am.More info here.


Run Domestic Violence Out of Town – The Network – October 8
Run Domestic Violence Out of Town is the marathon team of The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence. Our mission is to raise funds & awareness for survivors of domestic violence through the shared dedication of our community. More info here.



Constitutional Law and Contact in Counterman v. Colorado – Ascend Justice, Legal Aid Chicago, Northwestern Law ACLU, Northwestern Law ACS, and Northwestern Law WLC – October 10
Domestic violence remains a persistent and serious problem in our society, and October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join us for a discussion about domestic violence and constitutional issues in Counterman v. Colorado. More info here.



Purple Thursday – October 19
Wear purple to show your support of domestic violence survivors and your commitment to ending abuse! Take a selfie in your purple and share it on social media with #PurpleThursday #DVAM #Every1KnowsSome1.


Bowling for Safe Homes & Safe Communities – Center for Advocating Domestic Peace – October 22
Join CADP for a fun, fall fundraiser. To support their life-saving mission of building safe homes and safe communities, let’s bowl, eat pizza, and party together. More info here.


Story Slam – Chicago Bar Association – October 25
Get to know your fellow justice-minded colleagues in the legal community and enjoy listening to stories of justice shared by volunteers from the audience. Interested in telling a story? Come prepared with a five-minute story related to the theme (justice). Storytellers and listeners alike are encouraged to attend! This event is complimentary and open to all members of the legal community. More info here.


Community Resource Fair – YWCA – October 26
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October, YWCA Evanston/North Shore is inviting the community to come together to share information and discover support resources. Survivors of domestic violence often find it difficult to leave abusive relationships due to a lack of resources or knowledge of what resources are available. We believe that when we unite to learn and share resources, we can help build safer, more connected communities. More info here.


30th Annual Pro Bono & Community Service Fair – Ascend Justice – October 26
Ascend Justice will be in attendance at the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and the Chicago Bar Foundation’s 30th Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair. Meet with representatives from Chicago’s legal aid, pro bono, community service, and mentoring organizations to find a pro bono or volunteer opportunity that fits your schedule, interests, and goals. Lawyers, law students, and other legal professionals from all backgrounds are welcome. This event is complimentary and open to all individuals in the legal community. More info here.


FILM SCREENING: What’s Love Got to Do with It – SHALVA – October 26
Based on the life of the legendary soul singer, Tina Turner. Tina moves to St. Louis to pursue a career, and there she meets the charismatic Ike Turner, who rechristens her Tina and offers to help her succeed. As a musical team, Ike and Tina take the charts by storm. But as his physical abuse worsens, Tina has to make the tough decision to leave Ike and set out on her own. This program will be held live in-person in the auditorium of Northbrook Public Library. More info here.