Metropolitan Rallies for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

It is estimated that one in four women and one in seven men in the United States suffer serious physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner at least once during their lifetimes. Here in Chicago, police respond to more than 200,000 domestic-related calls annually and on any given day, there are more than 12,000 active orders of protection in Cook County. And every day, Metropolitan’s staff works with families who are affected by domestic violence in so many ways.

On Oct. 1, Metropolitan participated in a rally at the Thompson Center, along with other domestic violence survivor organizations and advocates. Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke at the event, reaffirming the city’s commitment to survivors of domestic violence. In his remarks, he stressed the importance of supporting survivors with programs such as the new WINGS Domestic Violence Shelter being built and the services offered through the Jane Addams Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program—both initiatives for which Metropolitan provides services.