A woman comes to the doctor with depression, fatigue and insomnia. A co-worker stays late in the office even when there is not much to do. A sales associate appears tired and distracted.Domestic Violence is a secret killer that costs our country $8.3 Billion annually. In the U.S., 24 percent of adult women and 14 percent of adult men have been physically assaulted by a partner at some point in their lives. It is the most common cause of injury for women ages 18 to 44. And it leads to an increased incidence of chronic disease: Abused women are 70 percent more likely to have heart disease, 80 percent more likely to experience a stroke and 60 percent more likely to develop asthma.
Please join me in lifting up a cause that is very close to my heart. I am proud leverage my guaranteed entry to join the Run Domestic Violence Out of Town team in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
CHICAGO METROPOLITAN BATTERED WOMENS NETWORK wrote -
Eleven very different domestic violence service providers from across the city have come together to advance their cause via the October 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. All revenue generated by the Run DV Out of Town team, will be used by its member agencies for domestic violence prevention and supportive services for its survivors.
The Coalition is an unprecedented collaboration representing diverse populations across Chicago. Its member agencies are located in neighborhoods throughout the city and suburbs and serve communities representing all races, ethnicities, and religions. As Coalition member Ava Newbart, Director of Development at Shalva, states, “domestic violence doesn’t discriminate: it’s an equal-opportunity destroyer of families throughout Chicago. It doesn’t matter if you’re Hispanic, Asian, Jewish, or Arabic, or whether you are rich or poor. We embrace our diversity and stand together because nobody should be afraid in their own home. Domestic violence is NOT OK.”
The Coalition Members of Run Domestic Violence Out of Town:
Arab American Family Services (AAFS)
Center for Advancing Domestic Peace
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network (CMBWN)
Connections for Abused Women and their Children(CAWC)
Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
Healthcare Alternative Systems
Metropolitan Family Services
South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS)
(WINGS) Women in Need Growing Stronger
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