Domestic Violence. Partner Violence. It’s Just Plain Violence. Keeping women, children and (far less often, but equally critical) men safe from violence in the home starts with using the correct terms to describe violence. It starts with victims standing up and saying they are being/have been abused. It starts with words.
In Champaign County, Illinois, nearly 1/4 of the calls to the police are for Domestic Violence. What are we doing about it? How are the cases handled? What policies are in place? We will ask those questions here and provide answers as we find them.
How can you help protect women? Fairly easily:
Victims: You aren’t alone. If you are here, you might be wondering what to do, where to go for help, or even if what you’re experiencing is abuse. If you are in a situation like this, please reach out to your nearest women’s shelter. They will help without judging and you don’t have to be ready to leave today…you can do this at your own pace. People want to help you. If you feel alone, you aren’t — it is a trick used to keep you in the loop of abuse, to feel isolated and afraid and dependent — and you can break out of it.