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Official Domestic Violence Definition

The Office of the Illinois Attorney General states that:

Domestic violence is a crime. Any person who hits, chokes, kicks, threatens, harasses, or interferes with the personal liberty of another family or household member has broken Illinois Domestic Violence law. Under Illinois law family or household members are defined as:family members related by blood;people who are married or used to be married;people who share or used to share a home, apartment, or other common dwelling;people who have or allegedly have child in common or a blood relationship through a child in common;people who are dating or engaged or used to date, including same sex couples; andpeople with disabilities and their personal assistants.

NO MORE Teen Dating Abuse Video Challenge

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) is proud to announce that Verizon is sponsoring its 6th Annual NO MORE Teen Dating Abuse Video Challenge.
This Year’s Timeline:
February 28, 2018: Submissions due to ICADV
March 2018: Finalists selected
April 2018: Winners selected and notified
May 2018: Awards presented to winners, winning videos released

For more information and examples, click here.

Special information for video producers and editors:
Consistency in language is very important, please use this terminology consistently:
Name: NO MORE Teen Dating Abuse Video Challenge
Sponsor: Verizon

Fresh Start Youth DV Flyer

NPR: How Domestic Violence In One Home Affects Every Child In A Class

The following article is part of the NPR Ed series on mental health in schools.

Every Monday morning at Harvie Elementary School, in Henrico County, Va., Brett Welch stands outside her office door as kids file in.

"The first thing I'm looking for are the faces," says Welch, a school counselor. She's searching for hints of fear, pain or anger.

"Maybe there was a domestic incident at the house that weekend," says Welch. "That's reality for a lot of our kids."
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State of Illinois October 2017 Domestic Violence Proclamation

On September 12, 2017, Governor Bruce Rauner proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Illinois.
Important DV stats from the proclamation:
The State of Illinois acknowledges that:
·“domestic violence is a prevalent social problem that not only harms the victim, but also negatively impacts a victim’s family, friends, and community at large; ·and, [that] domestic violence knows no boundaries; it exists in all neighborhoods and cities, and affects people of all ages, genders, racial, ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds; ·and, … the health related costs of rape, physical assault, stalking, and homicide by intimate partners amount to nearly $6 billion every year, ·and the annual cost of lost productivity in the workplace due to domestic violence is estimated to be hundreds of millions of dollars, with nearly eight million paid workdays lost per year;
·and, [that] there are approximately 125,000 domestic violence crimes each year….”

The Mutual Respect Wheel

Violence Policies Impacting Children, Youth, and Young Adults

The following information has been written and provided by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (

Policies Impacting Children, Youth, & Young Adults
Young people are affected by dating and domestic violence as both victims and witnesses.

Approximately 15.5 children are exposed to domestic violence every year. On just one day in 2013, 19,431 children were living in a domestic violence shelter or transitional housing program, and an additional 5,873 children received services and support from non-residential programs. One-quarter of high school age girls have been the victims of physical or sexual abuse. 
Women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of domestic and dating violence victimization. And one in four college-aged women has been sexually assaulted.

For children, youth, and young adults who witness abuse or are themselves abused, the consequences can be severe. Young people who experience this type of trauma are at increased risk for phys…