Help available beyond Domestic Violence Awareness Month
10/30/2020, 6 a.m.
As national Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to a close, Will County Take Back the Night organizers plan to continue to reach out to the community to raise awareness of how COVID has impacted local domestic violence victims and the agencies serving them.
Each year, Take Back the Night organizes a rally that brings survivors, supporters, activists, and community leaders together in a call for the end of violence against women.
In light of COVID, this year’s rally went virtual with a Facebook Live panel addressing the challenges presented by the pandemic, and ways individuals sheltering in place with an abuser can get help during this challenging time.
“Take Back the Night is doing everything possible to reach out to our community and help raise awareness about the particular challenges posed in addressing domestic violence during the pandemic,” said Amirrah Abou-Youssef, co-chair of Will County Take Back the Night.
Take Back the Night is seeking donations to assist local charities that support women and children who have experienced violence, and to fund a scholarship for a domestic violence survivor. Donations can be made online, at https://fundly.com/will-county-tbtn.
To further help domestic violence victims, Take Back the Night is sharing Amazon Wish Lists from local domestic violence shelters on its website so that members of the community can purchase and make donations of the items needed most. The pantry drive lists are available on the Take Back the Night website, at www.willtbtn.com.
Take Back the Night began in Europe in 1976 and has continued throughout the world as a sign of empowerment for women, men and children. For nearly 25 years, Will County Take Back the Night has hosted an annual rally to raise awareness about sexual violence and to support survivors in their healing.
This year’s Virtual Rally, addressing the challenges posed by the pandemic, is available for viewing on the Take Back the Night website, at http://willtbtn.com/feature/watch-live