Town Hall Raises DV Awareness Oct. 16

Join residents of Chicago’s Roseland community for an informative night of conversation, education and “mpowerment” regarding domestic violence awareness at the “Call to Action Town Hall,” taking place from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 16 at Metropolitan Family Services Calumet Center, 235 E. 103rd St. in Chicago. The event is being held as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The Town Hall will focus on equipping attendees with knowledge about domestic violence including: how to recognize forms of abuse, abuse warning signs and traits of an abuser; obstacles in leaving an abusive situation, and ways people can help abuse victims.

Town Hall activities will include:

  • Video presentation highlighting how society views domestic violence, followed by audience discussion
  • Keynote speaker and DV survivor Kemisha Swan, Author of “Untouchable Flame: A Memoir of a Young Girl’s Hardship and Trying to Survive Through the Foster Care System”
  • Moderated panel discussion led by Metropolitan FVIP (Family Violence Intervention Program) Counselor Lauren M. Jackson, LPC, ICDVP. Panelists to include:
    • Officer Northcross, Chicago Police Department, 22nd District
    • A domestic violence survivor from Metropolitan’s FVIP Program
    • Te’Aira Zucarro, LCPC, ICDVP, Counselor, Metropolitan’s Safe Start Program
    • Phoebe Jackson, ED, RN, Emergency Department Registered Nurse, Roseland Hospital
    • Tracy Murray, Representing 9th Ward Alderman Beale’s Office
    • Pastor Marty Gool, New Deliverance Church
    • Lindoria Storey, MSW, LCSW, CPAIP, Abuser Invention Specialist, Path Way to Peace, Inc.
    • Aileen Robinson, 5th District Program Development Coordinator, Domestic Violence Program

The Town Hall is being presented by Metropolitan’s Family Violence Intervention Program (FVIP), which provides counseling, safety planning, information and referrals, case management and community outreach/education to domestic violence survivors. FVIP’s goal is to empower those who have experienced domestic violence to discover, evaluate and access potential opportunities to maximize safety for themselves and their families.

For more information about the Town Hall, contact Lauren Jackson at 773-371-3622 or

About Metropolitan Family Services
Called the “Miracle on 103rd Street,” Metropolitan Family Services Calumet Center has been serving families on Chicago’s far South Side since 1955, with programs ranging from youth leadership and economic development to senior care and violence intervention. Metropolitan Calumet is part of Metropolitan Family Services, which has been empowering Chicago-area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities since 1857.