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As the country comes to terms with the scope of COVID-19, Americans are being urged to stay home. But for victims of domestic violence, home can be a dangerous place. Advocates worry that isolation caused by social distancing and widespread shutdowns will make victims of domestic violence even more vulnerable to abuse.

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A $500,000 federal grant will help a Bloomington child and family service agency expand its weekly supervised visitations and safe exchanges to more clients.

Children’s Home & Aid will host the 9th Annual “Taking Steps To End Child Abuse 5K Color Run”in memory of Duncan and Jack Leichtenberg of LeRoy, victims of the 2009 murder-suicide by their father after he failed to return them to their mother from a visit.

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Mid Central Community Action rounded out Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a rally Tuesday in Downtown Bloomington.

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A domestic violence shelter in Bloomington has received a $20,000 grant to help strengthen its efforts to provide 24-hour services for victims.  

The Mary Kay Foundation announced Monday that Mid Central Community Action’s Neville House was chosen as one of 150 domestic violence shelters in the United States to share in the $3 million funding.

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An act of domestic violence occurs every 15 seconds in the U.S., translating to over 2.5 million victims a year, according to Mid Central Community Action (MCCA).

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Chicago may impose a new surcharge on home share rentals through sites such as Airbnb and use the money to provide more beds at domestic violence shelters.

Women Escaping Domestic Violence Need A Plan

Feb 16, 2018

A 30-year-old Bloomington woman was stabbed to death with a butcher knife—allegedly by her husband—earlier this month. She was packing to leave what relatives say was an abusive relationship.

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The candles flickered at a vigil at Bloomington's Franklin Park on Thursday night, just blocks from the McLean Street home where 30-year-old Nicole Elbert was killed—allegedly by her husband— as she tried to leave last week. She had planned to go to Neville House, a local domestic violence shelter.

Groups To Focus On Violence Against Women

Feb 15, 2018
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One in three women worldwide will experience a form of physical abuse, violence experts say.

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Around 100 people circled around the courthouse square in downtown Bloomington on Monday to show support for victims of domestic violence.

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“That was my choice, just get through it.”

That statement comes from Kim Wells, domestic violence and workplace safety crusader who for decades kept the secret that she too was sexually assaulted and of at all places, where she worked.


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Mid Central Community Action in Bloomington is keeping its head above water as it tries to deliver services to the homeless, to those escaping and recovering from domestic violence, and to those who are trying to stabilize their lives.

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A new law taking effect in Illinois Jan. 1 will put hair stylists on the front lines to combat domestic violence. Illinois will be the first state in the nation to require hair stylists receive training to spot if their clients might be victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  The law does not make salon workers mandatory reporters but encourages them to direct clients to resources.

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Donald Trump declared during Sunday’s debate that remarks about sexually groping women were – as he put it – “just words” but at Illinois State University, there is a concerted effort to change the campus culture so students, faculty and staff chose their words more carefully.

Domestic Violence Advocates Seek Greater Community Action

Sep 26, 2016
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"Stand Up With Me" is the theme of a new effort in McLean County to help eradicate domestic violence.

Violence prevention groups are asking members of the community to publicly show their support for domestic violence survivors.

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As many as 5 million women in the United States are abused by an intimate partner each year with more than 1,500 murdered.

March 6 through 12 has been designated 'No More-A week of action' by a Bloomington-based national organization. 

Together with its sponsors, the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence seeks to end domestic violence and sexual assault through what it calls " a movement centered on a powerful new symbol that brings together all people who want to end domestic violence and sexual assault."

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. The information age has opened new possibilities of both establishing relationships with other people and abusing them. The Virtual Enemy is a new book co-authored by Shelly Clevenger of Illinois State University. It focuses on the relationships of intimate partners and cyber-crime.