October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and I’m raising money for Between Friends. Not just because this is where I work, but also because the issue of domestic violence is extremely important to me on a personal level.
Many people fail to understand the extent of what domestic violence is, the extent of the harm it causes, and the ways in which it needs to be addressed. Domestic violence doesn’t just refer to physical violence, although that’s often part of it. It also means all the other forms of power and control, which can include verbal abuse, financial abuse, and isolating people from their friends and support networks. And recent research has shown that the impact of children witnessing domestic violence in the home is almost as great as the impact of children being directly subjected to domestic violence.
It’s not a sustainable solution to simply criminalize the people who do harm. Between Friends gets that, and focuses on the needs of survivors. They’ve been helping survivors here in Chicago for over 30 years, with programs in English and Spanish including court advocates who provide assistance in securing orders of protection, and individual, group, and family counseling.
This campaign, Purple Purpose, is Between Friends' biggest fundraiser of the year. In the past, we took part in Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse Challenge. Now that Allstate Foundation is no longer running that fundraiser, Between Friends needs your help more than ever. Please support a small Chicago organization that's really doing the work!