October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Please consider attending an event or participating in an activity during awareness/education events at LLCC during the Week of Action, Oct. 15-19, 2018. More information will be in the LincIn in coming days.

“Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.” (www.ndvh.org)

Domestic violence is a community issue; it is not “just a family problem.” Statistics indicate that one in four women and one in nine men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes (www.ndvh.org). During the month of October, national hotlines, domestic violence service providers, state and local governments as well as colleges remind us of this epidemic that cuts across racial, socioeconomic and educational lines. DV is 100 percent the fault and choice of the abuser; it is not the victim’s fault, and victims are not alone. If you or someone you know needs help for domestic violence please use the following numbers:

National Domestic Violence Hotline:
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
TTY: 217-241-0376

Sojourn Shelter and Services
217-726-5200 (24 hour hotline)
TTY: 217-726-7385
1-866-help4dv (435-7438)

Lincoln Land Community College – confidential advisor

Sexual Violence and DV Resource Information: