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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Art Show

Hosted by VOICe and AABC

The Victim Outreach Intervention Center and AABC is currently issuing a call to artists for its second annual Domestic Violence Awareness Art Show; “The Monster Within”. Artists of all ages and experience levels are invited to submit original art of any medium that represents the hardship and healing that survivors of domestic violence and their children experience.

All submissions should be brought to the Art Center of Associated Artists of Butler County (334 South Main St. Butler, PA) on September 19th between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. The gallery show dates run from September 23rd to October 23rd with an artist reception and candlelight vigil on September 25th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

There will be performance artists, musicians and appetizers the night of the artist’s reception. For more details regarding the event, please contact Briana @ 724.776.5310 ext. #27 or briana@voiceforvictims.com. We hope to see you and your art there!

VOICe Annual HESTIA AWARDS!!!

It's time for VOICe's annual Hestia Awards event! The “Hestia” recognizes and honors strong women who make a profound impact to those in need in Butler County through their courage, strength, ingenuity and determination.

A team of judges (past winners and board members) will review all nominations and narrow the field to six finalists who will be presented at our awards brunch on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at the Days Inn Butler, with the winner being presented with the Hestia award.

Consider nominating a family member, friend, or coworker for this wonderful honor! Deadline for nominations is September 26, 2015. Consider supporting this event with a sponsorship or donation! Consider attending this event!

For more information please contact VOICe (724-283-8700) or email: emd935@yahoo.com.

VOICe CLR (Civil Legal Representation) Fundraiser

For the past 14 years, VOICe has provided free civil-legal representation (CLR) for victims of domestic violence. This past April, VOICe learned that the funding is no longer available to our program.

Last year alone, our attorney’s represented and guided over 390 domestic violence victims throughout the civil justice system. The CLR program MUST NOT go away; WE NEED YOUR HELP!

In conjunction with the law firm Dillon McCandless King Coulter & Graham and the PA Bar Association, we are seeking donations to sustain the program. Please consider making a donation to the CLR program. By making a donation, you are not only financially contributing to this cause; you are making a difference in the lives of victims and their children.

Donations can be sent to: VOICe, 111 South Cliff Street, Suite 1-A, Butler, PA 16001. Please note CLR in the check memo. Thank you!

Work remains to end violence in Pennsylvania:

Our work continues.  Here is a recent article from PennLive regarding Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and sister agencies such as VOICe.

http://www.pennlive.com/editorials/index.ssf/2010/12/work_remains_to_end_domestic_v.html

Federal Housing Discrimination Lawsuit filed on behalf of a domestic violence victim.

http://www.pcadv.org/News/Federal_Housing_Discrimination

For more information on domestic violence and sexual assault awareness, visit:

PCADV, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

PCAR, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

Why we wear Thursdays in Black?

Thursdays in Black is part of an international movement to demand a world without rape and violence. It has originated from ‘Women in Black groups, which have formed over the past twenty years in Argentina, Bosnia and Israel. These groups include Argentinean mothers who gather every Thursday in silence to protest the loss of loved ones under the military dictatorship, women who expressed outrage at the rape-death camps in war torn Bosnia, and women who opposed the Israeli occupation of West Bank and the abuse of the Palestinians.

The voices of ‘Women in Black’ groups, alongside other peace and women’s groups have become part of a worldwide movement which enables the despair and pain about rape and other forms of violence to be transformed into political action. Groups have formed in many other countries, from South Africa, where Black Sash groups have protested against racial injustice for many years, to Korea where former Comfort Women protest the sexual slavery crimes of Japanese soldiers during World War 2, to Australia where the Thursdays in Black Campaign focuses on issues such as domestic violence and rape.

It is important to note that rape and violence are not confined to countries officially at war in fact, a war against women is being waged all over the world, and has continued for centuries. Its weapons include domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, incest, murder, female infanticide, genital mutilation, sexual harassment, discrimination, prostitution and pornography. In short, sexism.

If you are interested in starting a Thursdays In Black at your place of work or organization, please call us.  We have pins available for purchase. 

 


 

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