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October: Nonprofit Spotlight

Center for Prevention of Abuse

Peace. I want you to think on that word as you read the following post. As always, I am so proud of this month's nonprofit.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

What is domestic violence? This term is also known as “intimate partner violence”. The United Nations website defines domestic violence as “a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.” The abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, economic or psychological. The behaviours the abuser could have are frightening, intimidating, terrorizing, and manipulating the individual. They can even go on to physically hurt, embarrass, and blame the victim.

Anyone can be a victim of this abuse: age, race, gender, sexual orientation, faith or class.

The Center for Prevention of Abuse “believes everyone deserves peace – every day, everywhere, any time – at home, in the workplace, at school, and out in the community.”

Starting in 1975 as a rape crisis hotline, CFPA has grown in to a “statewide leader in working to end abuse and break the cycle of generational violence”. CFPA is the ONLY agency in the state of Illinois to provide the combined services of Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse/Assault, Human Trafficking, Adult Protective Services, and Prevention Education in one facility.

There are two locations in the state of Illinois, Peoria and Pekin. The building in Peoria, IL was founded in1985 and Pekin in 2011.

The mission of CFPA is “to help all people – women, men, and children – live free from violence and abuse.”

The color purple is a symbol. This symbolizes peace, courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending violence. It is to honor the survivors and for the individuals who have lost their lives to domestic violence.

Please check out our podcast posted on Wednesday, October 6th, where I talk with Carol Merna, CFPAs Chief Executive Officer.

Center for Prevention of Abuse website:

Emergency Phone #: 1-800-559-SAFE (7233)

General Questions Phone #: 309-691-0551

What is Domestic Violence? by United Nations

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