October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and as a Co-Chair of the Network's Board of Directors am asking you to make a contribution this year in support of the Network's mission to educate, organize and advocate to end domestic violence. There are so many organizations and causes that need support – and it becomes increasingly more challenging each year to determine what to prioritize. Many of you have given previously to The Network and very generously at that. Please know this is a small organization with a modest fundraising goal of $35,000 and your personal support has made a material difference in the Network's ability to operate.
The past year has been a significant one for the Network. We formally changed our name to The Network – Advocating Against Domestic Violence (from the original circa 1980's name of Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network) and have a new logo and website: https://the-network.org/ that were both designed for free courtesy of marketing firm Lime Red. We were even able to trademark our new name and logo thanks to pro bono legal work by Kirkland & Ellis. The Network staffed the statewide domestic violence hotline again this year and fielded more than 26,000 calls. The Tribune featured the Hotline in January as an organization at risk due to the lack of grant processing during the government shutdown (remember that?!) and several of you stepped up to contribute funds to keep the lights on at the Network during that time which was invaluable.
At our annual breakfast this month which recognizes the work of the domestic violence community, we were able to present Illinois Senator Duckworth's opening remarks and also featured author Rachel Snyder whose book No Visible Bruises has been called "extraordinary" in its description of an epidemic of violence. In fact, while on the tour for this book the author's good friend lost her brother when he shot himself, his wife and their children. The author herself was close to this family but had no idea of the family's extraordinary distress. The reality is that no one talks about domestic violence but it is responsible for 15% of all violent crime. It is a fascinating read and I will be sure each of you who is interested or able to donate this year will receive a copy.
Thank you again for considering the Network among many deserving causes and organizations.