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Why Domestic Violence is a Public Health Issue

Most people probably don't think of domestic violence as being a public health issue. If anything, we're probably more likely to think of domestic violence as a private matter—something that happens behind closed doors, as a result of individual factors, and which...

What Does Emotional Abuse Look Like?

One of the common misconceptions about abuse is that it always involves physical violence. In fact, abuse can take multiple different forms, including emotional abuse. What Is Emotional Abuse? The definition of emotional abuse includes any behavior intended to...

How to Help Survivors of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a public health crisis, one that everyone can play a part in stopping. And yet, even if you know how to recognize the signs of domestic violence, knowing how to react and how to help survivors of domestic violence can still be confusing. Here,...

How to Spot Abuse

Anyone can be affected by abuse, and for some domestic violence survivors, all it takes is one person with a discerning eye to start the process of getting help. Knowing how to recognize domestic violence can make a huge difference in your ability to intervene with a...

Risk Factors for Domestic Violence

Although domestic violence is a complex phenomenon, in many cases, abusers and abusive relationships display the same red flags. Knowing the risk factors and causes of domestic violence is an important aspect of being able to prevent or intervene in abuse, either for...

Chicago Author Teams Up with CAWC to Raise Awareness About DV

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Lana Orndorff, a fellow advocate and local author is donating $1 of each purchase of her second novel, The Narrative of Mary James, throughout the month of October to CAWC! The Narrative of Mary James is told through the...

Domestic Violence and the Impact on Children

Domestic violence is a traumatic experience for anyone who experiences or witnesses it, and that particularly includes children. According to the Child Witness to Violence Project, at least a third of children in the US have witnessed violence between their...

Domestic Violence and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The early days of the COVID-19 pandemic were a time of stress and uncertainty for everyone. And for many people, it wasn't just our physical health and safety that was at risk—across the world, people experienced disruptions and setbacks to their jobs, finances,...

The Economic Impact of Domestic Violence

Most of us are accustomed to thinking of domestic violence in terms of its impact on the survivor's life, or perhaps their immediate circle of family and friends. It's hard to imagine how an instance of domestic violence might impact, say, a stranger in the next town...

DV In TV

Domestic Violence In TelevisionGossip Girl  Gossip Girl (2007-2012) is a teen drama show about a gossip rag that mischievously documents the happenings amongst a high-profile group of young Manhattan socialites. The show is notoriously known for the volatile...

The Voices of CAWC: Benjamin’s Story

Benjamin*, 27, initially connected with CAWC through our Multi Disciplinary Teams program. A physical and verbal altercation between Benjamin and his (now) ex-boyfriend was overheard by a neighbor, who called the police. CPD’s 14th district police responded, and upon...

The Voices of CAWC: Marilyn’s Story

Marilyn*,32 years old, arrived at Greenhouse shortly after the holidays with her 2 sons: William 13 years old, and Noah 8 years old. Marilyn was fleeing from her husband who she had been with since she was 15 years old. Marilyn and her children had been living in a...

Normalizing Toxic Behaviors Causes More Harm

By Ashley Ruiz, MSW, CDVP HPOP Coordinator/Family Trauma Therapist Normalizing Toxic Behaviors Causes More Harm  What is a behavior or romantic gesture that has been normalized but is clearly very unhealthy and toxic? Maybe someone calling or checking on...

Domestic Violence and the Impact on the LGBTQ+ Community

Many people think of domestic violence as a heterosexual issue, but many in the LGBTQ+ community are victims and survivors. Domestic violence in the LGBTQ+ community is not only about abusive partners and relationships, but also about stigmas due to their sexual...

Social Media Internship with CAWC

Majors: Journalism, Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, Film/Video, Social Media Studies or Digital Communications If you’re a mission-focused, impact driven undergraduate or graduate college student seeking a meaningful internship experience, then we invite...

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