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How can men take a more active role in violence prevention? By using your voices to spread awareness of healthy boundaries and relationship dynamics. 📢 If your male friends are talking about a high profile domestic violence case and blaming the victim, explain to them that it is never the victim's fault. By creating this dialogue, you can help clear up misconceptions and build a safer world for survivors. #DVAM2021 #menasallies #useyourvoice ...

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Our expanded facility allows us to serve people of all gender identities while ensuring the safety of all survivors. Your gift will help male survivors find a place to heal. All donations will be MATCHED dollar for dollar! Click the link in our bio to donate!⠀

These statistics may not be accurate, as social stigma may keep men from reporting abuse. By challenging cultural norms, we can encourage survivors to share their stories and create a safer community for everyone. #DVAM2021 #DVandmen #Every9Seconds
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Calling all basketball fans! 🏀📢 We have four tickets to see the Chicago Bulls versus the Brooklyn Nets! To win, all you have to do is make a $100 donation by clicking the link in our bio!⠀

All gifts will provide life changing services for domestic violence survivors. Only donations made between OCTOBER 18 and OCTOBER 30 will count, so don't sleep on this!⠀

Seats are Section 102, Row 4 (right behind the Bulls bench) – parking pass included. Ticket value $896.00 Tickets and pass are electronic and will be sent to the winner after drawing. Winner will be notified by Monday November 1st. The tickets and parking pass were donated to YWCA Evanston/North Shore by a generous corporate partner.
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Do you know what microaggressions are and how they hurt people even when unintentional? Join us on Thursday to explore how microaggressions impact your workplace and learn helpful responses to use when you see, commit, or have someone use one on you. Register at the link in our bio! #YWCAENS ...

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Immigrant women who face domestic violence are particularly vulnerable. Survivors may face barriers to services due to legal status, language barriers, and lack of financial resources. Abusers may also threaten a survivors immigration status as a means to keep them from leaving the relationship. Protections afforded to immigrant women under the VAWA can help them seek services to escape violence without fear of deportation. ⠀

Our staff is equipped to help immigrant survivors understand their rights and start the healing process. Show your support for immigrant women by making a gift today! 💜 Click the link in our bio to learn more!⠀
#DVAM2021 #Every9Seconds
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People with disabilities are not often highlighted in conversations about domestic violence, but are significantly impacted by physical, psychological, and sexual abuse. These situations can be especially harmful if the survivor relies on their abuser for personal care such as eating or toileting. ⠀

We created our new ADA accessible facility with these survivors in mind. All gifts from new donors will be matched 2 to 1! 💜💫 If you have never donated before, click the link in our bio TRIPLE your impact today! #Every9Seconds #DVAM2021
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Domestic violence is not only a heterosexual problem. According to the Williams Institute, LGBTQ+ people experience similar if not higher rates of intimate partner violence compared to straight-identifying people. LGBTQ+ people face even more barriers to assistance due to domestic violence laws that exclude queer couples, homophobia and transphobia, and the dangers of "outing" in seeking help. Trans women of color face exceptionally high levels of violence. Nearly half of transgender women killed between 2015 and 2020 were murdered by an intimate partner. We need to do more to #eliminatetransphobia and #eliminatehomophobia to ensure that everyone has equal access to help. #DVAM2021 #Every9Seconds ...

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Finances play a huge role in survivor risk factors and their ability to seek help. People with a low socio-economic status often experience domestic violence at a higher rate, and financial abuse can contribute to housing and food insecurity for survivors. People experiencing domestic violence may have to take days off to seek help, which low wage jobs are less likely to forgive. ⠀

YWCA fills in these gaps by providing food and housing so survivors can focus on healing without having to worry about how they will fulfill their basic needs. Support our work this month and your gift will be MATCHED dollar for dollar! Click the link in our bio to donate!⠀
#Every9Seconds #DVAM2021
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Although domestic violence can impact people of any gender, race, or socio-economic status, systemic inequalities play a significant role in risk factors for survivors. In 2019, 8,000 of the 10,800 calls to the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline were made by people of color, mainly Black women. Racism and implicit bias create barriers to services, and first responders are less likely to provide assistance if they know the caller is a person of color. Our work to #eliminateracism plays a role in creating a future where women of color are heard, seen, and protected. #protectblackwomen #protectwomenofcolor #DVAM2021 ...

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Today on Indigenous Peoples Day, we honor and celebrate Indigenous communities. We recognize that YWCA Evanston/North Shore sits on the land of the Council of Three Fires, the Potawatomi, Ojibwe and Odawa. This land is also significant to many other tribes including the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Inoka, Sac, Fox, Peoria, Arapaho and Cheyenne. In our work to eliminate racism, we are also committed to fighting for Indigenous rights to ensure that Native Nations thrive. #IndigenousPeoplesDay ...

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Mother and childOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

ALL DONATIONS made in October to support survivors of domestic violence will be MATCHED by an anonymous donor.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE