A Publication of WTVP

Each year since 1987, October is proclaimed National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is a time to focus public attention on the epidemic of domestic violence and encourage everyone to become part of the solution.

The harsh reality is that domestic violence has reached epidemic proportions. Did you know that:

And here in Peoria, 15 new people contact The Center for Prevention of Abuse every day for help. Last year alone, the Center provided 4,833 nights of safe emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence and their families.

While it’s true that domestic violence is a complex problem with no simple solution, there are countless steps that can be taken to stop a batterer, to support a victim, to save a life.

First though, let’s be clear about what not to do:

Every day, in some way, make it your business to play an active role in your community to end domestic violence. And what better time to begin than now, during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month?

If you suspect family members or friends are being battered:

To honor October’s designation as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Center for Prevention of Abuse has planned a series of community gatherings, educational opportunities and awareness displays throughout central Illinois. For a list of activities and information on how to get involved, visit or call (309) 691-0551.

Domestic violence is everyone’s business. It affects all of us— every family, every workplace, every community—and each one of us has a role to play in stopping domestic violence. Please know that you hold the power to bring about the social change necessary to enhance the safety and reduce the fear of families living in violent homes.

Each of us holds the power to end domestic violence—one community at a time, one home at a time, one life at a time. All you have to do is make domestic violence your business. TPW