The Network - Advocating Against Domestic Violence

The Network - Advocating Against Domestic Violence We are strive to improve the lives of those impacted by gender-based violence. Hotline number below: https://linktr.ee/the_network_chi

The Network is a collaborative membership organization dedicated to improving the lives of those impacted by domestic violence through education, public policy and advocacy, and the connection of community members to direct service providers.

01/05/2024

Our thoughts of condolence and support are with the families and friends of Myeshia Newby and Jessica Hughes and the Cicero community after this tragic act of violence. We are lifting up the statement below from President Larry Dominick and the Town of Cicero Board of Trustees.

Yet another example of why legislation like Karina's Bill is so vital in the fight against domestic violence... "Court r...
12/23/2023

Yet another example of why legislation like Karina's Bill is so vital in the fight against domestic violence...

"Court records show Brown violated the order on Dec. 8 when he called Roque, and a warrant for his arrest was issued on Dec. 12, the day before she was killed.

“They could have got him,” Roque said. “But they didn’t do anything.”

Chicago police have requested the public’s help locating Kenneth Brown, 44, who is wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend Maria Roque.

The NY Times reported on shooting violence in Chicago and its connection to domestic violence, showing a spike in fi****...
12/23/2023

The NY Times reported on shooting violence in Chicago and its connection to domestic violence, showing a spike in fi****ms violence in DV cases despite a dip in shootings overall. Read the full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/23/us/chicago-shootings-domestic-violence.html?smid=url-share

The Network is gearing up for another push of Karina's Bill in spring session. Sign up for our policy alerts and keep in the know! https://p2a.co/TUE8lgH

Domestic shootings are a small portion of the city’s violence, but victims’ advocates say the new spike is worrisome.

Have a good break! 🤗Our main office will be closed for the holidays from December 22nd - January 1st.If you need immedia...
12/22/2023

Have a good break! 🤗

Our main office will be closed for the holidays from December 22nd - January 1st.

If you need immediate assistance during this time, please contact our Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-877-863-6338.

☃️ Happy Holidays ☃️It’s the season of giving 🎁 and we are happy to be celebrating with you!Our year has been filled wit...
12/20/2023

☃️ Happy Holidays ☃️

It’s the season of giving 🎁 and we are happy to be celebrating with you!

Our year has been filled with collaborations, advocacy, events, trainings, and services for survivors of gender-based violence. None of this work would be possible without our supporters.

Want to join our work? Consider donating to The Network this holiday season!

Donate Here ▶️ https://the-network.networkforgood.com/projects/208883-2023-annual-appeal

Can’t make a monetary donation at this time? No worries! There are a number of ways to support our work.

👉Share and engage with our social media posts
👉Create an online fundraiser through Instagram or Facebook to support The Network
👉Sign up for our Policy Alerts
https://p2a.co/TUE8lgH?iframe=1
👉Sign up for our newsletter
https://the-network.org/subscribe-to-our-newsletters/
👉Attend one of our events or trainings
https://the-network.org/training-institute/
👉Join the Run Domestic Violence Out of Town Marathon Team for 2024
https://rundvoutoftown.org/

We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season 💜 If you or anyone you know is dealing with gender-based violence, our ...
12/18/2023

We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season 💜

If you or anyone you know is dealing with gender-based violence, our Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7, even during the holiday season.

☎️ Call or text 877-863-6338

This hotline provides crisis safety planning and referrals to services for survivors of domestic violence in Illinois. Additionally, the hotline can provide information of local resources to concerned family and friends.

“Chicago still allowed this man to roam free after she went and pleaded, told them ‘I’m scared for my life,’” Galvez-Her...
12/15/2023

“Chicago still allowed this man to roam free after she went and pleaded, told them ‘I’m scared for my life,’” Galvez-Hernandez said.

The link between fi****ms and domestic violence in our nation is undeniable. A woman is five times more likely to be murdered when her abuser has access to a firearm.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/2023/12/15/24001336/austin-mom-maria-roque-filed-order-of-protection-fatal-shooting-domestic

We must continue to advocate for the safety of all survivors!
Support Karina's Bill HERE➡️https://p2a.co/DvLRKX1

Maria Roque, 34, was a loving and committed mom who had “dreams and aspirations” in her career, her family says.

Advocate to end homelessness in Chicago this weekend!Register Here: bit.ly/letsbringchicagohome
12/11/2023

Advocate to end homelessness in Chicago this weekend!

Register Here: bit.ly/letsbringchicagohome

We need real solutions to homelessness in Chicago – and this March, we have a chance to pass something big.

Will you volunteer with us next weekend to talk to voters about ? Find a canvass near you: bit.ly/letsbringchicagohome

Registration is NOW OPEN! 🏃‍♂️Thank you to everyone who ran for our Run Domestic Violence Out of Town marathon team this...
12/07/2023

Registration is NOW OPEN! 🏃‍♂️

Thank you to everyone who ran for our Run Domestic Violence Out of Town marathon team this year! 🎉

We are excited to announce that registration for the 2024 Chicago Marathon is now open. We would love to have our runners back again and welcome new runners into our team.

Email our Marathon Coordinator, Esmeralda Gonzalez, at [email protected] to receive registration forms and instructions.

The Network’s Survivor Fund program, which provides direct financial assistance to survivors of gender-based violence, h...
12/05/2023

The Network’s Survivor Fund program, which provides direct financial assistance to survivors of gender-based violence, has had a significant impact on our community. As of September 2023, two of three rounds of funding have been distributed to eligible applicants, reaching 2,963 survivors with more than $2.9 million. The program is expected to provide another $2.5 million to 2,525 survivors before the end of the year. But in the face of the growing demand for assistance and only a $1 million commitment from DFSS, we need your help to make sure this program can continue to provide this critical support.

We count on you to help us build supportive communities and thriving programs like the Survivor Fund. Please consider donating to The Network during our annual appeal to ensure that we can continue this critical work.

On behalf of us all at The Network, thank you in advance for being a stalwart champion for survivors.
Donate Here https://the-network.org/annual-appeal-2023/

12/05/2023

Now announcing a free winter workshop for sexual trauma survivors— “Navigating the Holidays”. ❄️❄️❄️ Meet virtually with Resilience therapist Alexa on December 20 from 4:30-6:00 pm for this one time, drop in workshop. Spend time with yourself guided meditation and journaling processes before wading through the rest of the holiday season. Contact us at [email protected].

11/30/2023

A tipline disguised as a hotline WILL harm survivors. Many survivors have had negative experiences with law enforcement and have shared their fears about engaging with police. We must listen to survivors, who have overwhelmingly agreed - they would have NEVER contacted the National Human Trafficking Hotline if they knew the police would be called. If you want to support this effort and prevent our hotline from becoming unsafe, text PRFUXT to 50409 to tell your Representatives to vote NO on !

View what survivors have to say about HR2601: https://nationalsurvivornetwork.org/hr2601opposition/

11/30/2023
Thank you for all your support! 🫶We are grateful to have support from advocates, organizations, and survivors to continu...
11/29/2023

Thank you for all your support! 🫶

We are grateful to have support from advocates, organizations, and survivors to continue our work. This would not be possible without a community of people coming together to end .

Together, we stand with all survivors of gender-based violence!

If you would still like to support for , donate HERE ⬇️
https://the-network.networkforgood.com/projects/208883-2023-annual-appeal

Happy  ! 🥳Today, we will be highlighting one of the many ways The Network is helping to close the gap between crisis and...
11/28/2023

Happy ! 🥳

Today, we will be highlighting one of the many ways The Network is helping to close the gap between crisis and safety for survivors of gender-based violence: the Survivor Fund. This program awards direct financial assistance to survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, stalking and/or human trafficking.

We know that the top 5 needs for financial assistance are rental assistance, utilities assistance, food, transportation, and toiletries. Applicants are expressing the need for essentials to a safe, independent life.

Your donation could help support someone to pay rent, move out of an abusive home, buy groceries, pay for gas, buy toiletries like feminine products, and much more.

Programs like the Survivor Fund create ways to directly support survivors while addressing the biggest needs of each individual situation.

Consider donating for and support all survivors of gender-based violence!

Donate HERE ⬇️
https://the-network.networkforgood.com/projects/208883-2023-annual-appeal

Get ready for   tomorrow! 🎁We would like to encourage you to join our community of supporters and member organizations w...
11/27/2023

Get ready for tomorrow! 🎁

We would like to encourage you to join our community of supporters and member organizations who work every day to create a safe world for survivors of .

Our programs aim to improve the lives of those impacted by gender-based violence through education, public policy and advocacy, and connecting community members with direct service providers.

⭐These are ways you can get involved⭐

👉Start a Facebook Fundraiser to support The Network: https://www.facebook.com/donate/881210323659834/
👉 Signup for our email newsletter: https://the-network.org/subscribe-to-our-newsletters/
👉Come to our 🐐 Trivia Night fundraiser tomorrow: https://tinyurl.com/GOATTrivia2023
👉Donate for Giving Tuesday: https://the-network.networkforgood.com/projects/208883-2023-annual-appeal

Tomorrow is the day... 🐐 Come to our   G.O.A.T. Trivia fundraiser!  Get a chance to win prizes 🏆, participate in a costu...
11/27/2023

Tomorrow is the day... 🐐

Come to our G.O.A.T. Trivia fundraiser!

Get a chance to win prizes 🏆, participate in a costume contest, eat food 🍔🍟😋, and try the Purple Courage cocktail 🍷😉

Get your ticket TODAY ➡️ https://tinyurl.com/GOATTrivia2023

We want to take a moment to thank our community supporters and member organizations. All the work we have been able to d...
11/23/2023

We want to take a moment to thank our community supporters and member organizations. All the work we have been able to do this year would not be possible without you. Together, we have been able to advocate for systemic changes, teach people about gender-based violence, and create supporting communities for all survivors.

Thank you for all of your support 💜

Who is the greatest of all time??? 🤔💭Come dressed as your favorite G.O.A.T. for a chance to win our costume contest! Get...
11/22/2023

Who is the greatest of all time??? 🤔💭

Come dressed as your favorite G.O.A.T. for a chance to win our costume contest!

Get your tickets HERE ⬇️
https://tinyurl.com/GOATTrivia2023

💜 Survivor Story 💜Crystal (name changed for anonymity) is a mixed-race woman and survivor of domestic violence. After ex...
11/21/2023

💜 Survivor Story 💜

Crystal (name changed for anonymity) is a mixed-race woman and survivor of domestic violence. After experiencing complex abuse as a child, Crystal went on to be verbally, emotionally, and financially abused by an ex-boyfriend who is a former law enforcement officer. Over the years, she struggled with depression and suicidal ideation and saw therapists who did not specialize in gender-based violence. Recently, Crystal began seeking mental healthcare to meet her unique needs; unfortunately, she has been met with waitlists around every corner.

After calling a dozen organizations, Crystal learned that each had at least a six-month to one-year waitlist. After 6 months, Crystal connected with a domestic violence service provider who recommended she join their support group program, as their individual counseling program still had a six-month waitlist. “It wasn’t really a good fit,” she told The Network, “There was so much storytelling from others which felt traumatic for me.” When the support group ended, Crystal waited another six months before being paired with a counselor to work one on one. She really connected with her counselor, but the program had a set six-month limit. “It was really difficult to lose her because I feel like she was one person who truly saw and understood me. Right now, I don’t even have a therapist. I needed more time.” Since exiting the counseling program, Crystal has joined yet another waitlist for trauma therapy services that is expected to be at least six months long.

Read Crystal’s story on pg.86 of The Network’s 2022 Measuring Safety report https://the-network.org/measuring-safety-2023/

Consider donating to The Network for to continue supporting and advocating for survivors like Crystal. https://the-network.networkforgood.com/projects/208883-2023-annual-appeal

Do you need help paying for your gas or electricity bill? 💡As the colder months approach, some families may struggle to ...
11/21/2023

Do you need help paying for your gas or electricity bill? 💡

As the colder months approach, some families may struggle to keep up with high utility bills. Every year, LIHEAP helps eligible families pay these bills to keep essential services like heat and electricity on. The LIHEAP application is now open for seniors age 60+, people with disabilities, households with children under 6, and households that have received disconnection notices.

Apply to LIHEAP now at helpillinoisfamilies.com

Are you coming to Trivia Night? 👀Rivka Yeker will be joining us for a fun night of G.O.A.T. themed trivia. It will be a ...
11/20/2023

Are you coming to Trivia Night? 👀

Rivka Yeker will be joining us for a fun night of G.O.A.T. themed trivia. It will be a night of prizes, food, drinks, and costumes!
🎁🍔🍟🍷✍️🤓🧠

Get your ticket by following the link in bio

Join us tomorrow morning of art activities! 👨‍🎨🗓️Saturday, November 18th ⏰9-11 am📍2022 W. Cermack Chicago, IL 60608Our Y...
11/17/2023

Join us tomorrow morning of art activities! 👨‍🎨

🗓️Saturday, November 18th
⏰9-11 am
📍2022 W. Cermack Chicago, IL 60608

Our Youth Advisory Board welcomes you to join us for a morning of art activities facilitated by Claudia Rangel.

We first shared this free resource during  , when The Network partnered with North Suburban Legal Aid to offer consultat...
11/16/2023

We first shared this free resource during , when The Network partnered with North Suburban Legal Aid to offer consultation spot for survivors of GBV. We are happy to share this free resource again as North Suburban Legal Aid will continue to host a monthly security deposit clinic for the community.

See the attached flyers to learn how to sign up for a consultation in December.

📲 Call 847-737-4042 to register!

🎟️ Get your tickets NOW! 🎟️  Trivia Night 🧠🤓🗓️ Tuesday, November 28th⏰ 7-9 pm📍 Holiday Club Chicago at 4000 N. Sheridan ...
11/15/2023

🎟️ Get your tickets NOW! 🎟️

Trivia Night 🧠🤓
🗓️ Tuesday, November 28th
⏰ 7-9 pm
📍 Holiday Club Chicago at 4000 N. Sheridan Rd Chicago, IL

Join us for G.O.A.T. Trivia! This fundraising event will raise money for the Survivor Fund, providing financial assistance to survivors of gender-based violence. We welcome all supporters and advocates to join us for a fun night celebrating the strength of survivors for .

Get your tickets HERE 👇
https://tinyurl.com/GOATTrivia2023

Invite your friends and share our Facebook event!
➡️ https://fb.me/e/wXir7e7gC

💜 Survivor Story 💜Erika (name changed for anonymity) is a White woman who is a survivor of domestic violence. She experi...
11/14/2023

💜 Survivor Story 💜

Erika (name changed for anonymity) is a White woman who is a survivor of domestic violence. She experienced verbal, emotional, financial, and physical abuse at the hands of her ex-husband who regularly left loaded guns laying around their home and kicked their dog to punish her. During the course of their marriage, he fervently sought to hurt Erika through his treatment of their young daughter, terrorizing their toddler with demeaning words and veiled threats. When her three-year old said, “Mommy, we can just leave,” Erika knew that she had to get out, but leaving wasn’t easy.

After filing for divorce, her ex-husband’s behavior grew more frightening than ever. Erika filed for an order of protection and fled their home with her daughter, certain that they would have been killed had they stayed. Her ex maintained possession of his fi****ms by lying to the judge, saying he sold them in compliance with the order of protection, leaving her in continued fear of lethal violence. As her divorce case proceeded, she found that the judge treated her abuse history with disregard and gave unsupervised parenting time to her ex-husband, even with his cruel treatment towards their daughter.

“It makes me feel like I should have stayed – now I only get my daughter half the time and I’m not there to protect her. I’m just waiting for that phone call that my child is missing – then maybe someone would care.”

Read Erika’s full story (pg.66) on The Network’s 2022 Measuring Safety report
https://the-network.org/measuring-safety-2023/

Consider donating to The Network for to continue supporting and advocating for the safety of survivors like Erika.
https://the-network.networkforgood.com/projects/208883-2023-annual-appeal

“They [the organizations] understand the system that survivors have to work with and walk through. The creation of these...
11/14/2023

“They [the organizations] understand the system that survivors have to work with and walk through. The creation of these domestic violence advocate positions is something the community is not asking for. The community is asking for additional resources to expand and continue to do the work we are already doing,” said Maralea Negron, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research at The Network

Read the full article here 👇
https://thetriibe.com/2023/11/crime-and-domestic-violence-survivors-may-be-at-risk-with-johnsons-proposed-cpd-budget-increase-advocates-say/

Contact Mayor Johnson and your alderperson today to ask that they shift a total of $6.7 million of city resources to gender-based violence community services providers!
➡️ https://p2a.co/BUERZX4

The expansion of CPD's victim service unit goes against community members' desires. Instead, they ask that the Johnson administration reallocate dollars to community-based organizations.

✍️ Save the date for Trivia Night!As part of our   campaign, our associate board will be hosting a fundraising event for...
11/09/2023

✍️ Save the date for Trivia Night!

As part of our campaign, our associate board will be hosting a fundraising event for the Survivor Fund. Our Survivor Fund awards financial assistance to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, stalking and/or human trafficking.

More details to come 😉

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