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VOICES: When Relationships Hurt

On October 13, CHANA will host its 3rd Annual VOICES event, in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. CHANA’s mission, to offer a Jewish community response to the needs of people experiencing abuse and trauma, has become increasingly critical over the course of the pandemic, as the demand for services continues to be at an all-time high. This year’s VOICES fundraiser will not only help raise essential support for CHANA’s programs and services, but it will also serve as an important awareness event.

VOICES will feature keynote speaker and advocate Bill Mitchell, author of When Dating Hurts – What we learned about dating violence after our daughter’s tragic death. Bill will share the warning signs he saw in his daughter’s relationship, but did not recognize until it was too late. He will speak about the prevalence of this issue and the things he has learned since his own family’s unspeakable tragedy – things he believes every family must know that could potentially save a life.

  • Every 9 seconds, a woman in the U.S. is beaten by a current or ex-significant other.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner every year.

Bill’s daughter, Kristin, was tragically killed just 20 days after graduating from college, by a man she had recently broken up with. Studies show that women are 70 times more likely to be killed in the weeks after leaving an abusive partner than at any other time in the relationship. These are just some of the many eye-opening facts and statistics that Bill will discuss.

The disappearance and death of 22-year old Gabby Petito has captured the attention of a nation, as few instances of domestic violence have.  This tragedy along with the Mitchell’s story stands to highlight the hundreds of thousands of missing person cases each year, and the 3 women a day which are killed by their partners in this country.  In light of these staggering statistics, CHANA is working hard to raise awareness about the dangers of dating violence and how to find help.

Please join us in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Wednesday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.  In order to help spread the message to as many people as possible, this event will be virtual and open to the community at no cost.  To register, please visit chanabaltimore.org/voices.

Donations in support of this event are gratefully appreciated and go to support CHANA’s prevention education programming. All donors to this event will receive an inspirational handmade bookmark, created by CHANA’s clients.

Bill Mitchell’s When Dating Hurts is available for purchase on Amazon, and all sponsors will receive a copy. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact dleder@associated.org

 

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