Metropolitan Events Recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Metropolitan Family Services, one of the Chicago area’s most established and experienced human services providers, is partnering with neighborhood police districts to bring public awareness to the issue.

According to the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services’ Division on Domestic Violence, 29,641 calls to the City of Chicago’s Domestic Violence Help Line were received in 2010; that’s an average of 541 calls per day.

The professionals at Metropolitan Family Services are aware of these sobering statistics. Metropolitan’s Family Violence Intervention Program provides vital services to survivors of domestic violence and their children. In FY2011, the program helped more than 1,300 women and children with safety planning, legal representation, survivor and child counseling, support groups, advocacy, case management, financial literacy and referrals.

“Our services empower survivors with the tools and resources they need to develop and implement a plan to enhance safety for themselves and their children,” says Ida Anger, LCSW, ICDVP, Program Manager. “We help women and children recover from the trauma of abuse by building on their strengths and resiliencies.”

Metropolitan Family Services Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events:

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Walk and Rally
    Oct. 6, 10 a.m.
    25th District Station
    5555 W. Grand, Chicago

Metropolitan Family Services participated in the walk organized by the 25th District Domestic Violence Subcommittee of Chicago Police Department and Healthcare Alternative Systems.

  • Annual 8th District Office Recognition Awards
    Oct. 18, 6-8 p.m.
    8th District Community Resource Room
    3420 W. 63rd St., Chicago

The Awards recognize officers who have demonstrated exemplary work in protecting victims of domestic violence, and are conducted by the Metropolitan Family Service Midway Center and the 8th District Domestic Violence Subcommittee of Chicago Police Department.

  • Voices of Art: Breaking the Silence of Domestic Violence
    Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m.
    8th District Community Resource Room
    3420 W. 63rd St., Chicago

The Art exhibit promotes awareness of domestic violence and features art submitted by community residents and is hosted by the Metropolitan Family Service Midway Center & the 8th District Domestic Violence Subcommittee of the Chicago Police Department.

About Metropolitan Family Services
Metropolitan Family Services is a human services agency with a passion for strengthening families by providing them with expert guidance and a broad array of problem-solving tools to help them overcome the challenges they face.

With seven centers throughout Chicago and the suburbs, Metropolitan is one of the area’s most established and experienced human-services providers. We are recognized as a collaborative partner in each of our communities and as a leader in our use of metrics to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our programs.