October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Every year in October we acknowledge Domestic Violence Month in Illinois. The following statistics illustrate the severity of the issue:
  • Domestic violence affects one in three women and one in five men
  • Domestic violence takes lives: innocents and bystanders
  • Domestic violence has been found in the background of perpetrators in an estimated 56 percent of mass killings
  • Domestic violence costs the local DuPage economy alone an estimated $18 million in lost productivity
  • Domestic violence ruins lives and creates traumatic after-effects that can last a lifetime, such as mental and physical illness, drug abuse and early mortality
Family Shelter Service was founded in 1976 and has a mission to “transform lives by offering help and hope to those affected by domestic violence.” They are hosting a “Free to Fly” 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run on Sunday, October 29 at 9:00 AM at Midwestern University, 555 31st Street in Downers Grove. Proceeds will support Family Shelter Service and assist with their mission of helping victims of domestic abuse in DuPage County. Go to www.familyshelterservice.org to register.

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