As stated by the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, approximately 25% of all women will experience an act of domestic violence in their lifetime. This type of behavior is often repeated, and stems from the abuser’s desires of power and control. It is not always physical, nor is it always directed towards women. It affects all ages and people of every social status. The worst of all—it is silent. Humiliation often prevents victims from coming forward and speaking out against their abusers. How can the community help a silent, yet incredibly damaging issue? One solution is to raise awareness.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As our way of showing care to the victims of this issue, Rule29 spent a day up in Woodstock, Illinois volunteering at Turning Point, a 24-hour crisis intervention and response center. In order to maintain the facility and allow it to continually serve the community, Turning Point relies on the community to provide whatever contribution they can. Through various types of donations, the organization is able to supply shelter and supplies, counseling, education, and advocacy to those in need.
In a group effort with our friends at Grip Design and Faust we were able to take a break from our busy schedules to lend a helping hand. (Read more about our serving adventures here.) From brightening up a dreary stairwell with a cheerful mural to organizing a cluttered supply closet and lots of yard work, we were able to make a big difference in just a few hours. (For a closer look at the day, check out our Flickr set.)