October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Courage Connection, a transitional housing program in Champaign-Urbana that provides services for those affected by domestic violence, is hosting various events throughout the month. The events will raise awareness of the issue, show support to victims and raise money towards Courage Connection’s shelters and services.
According to Courage Connection, one in four women suffers domestic violence at some time in her life, and people should make domestic violence their business.
The kick-off event was held Oct. 1 and included family activities, food and donations. A “boot camp” workout class will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Kinex Fitness Studios with proceeds going toward Courage Connection. On Saturday, Oct. 11, there will be a Grease Sing-a-Long at the Virginia Theatre and on Oct. 17-18, people are encouraged to wear purple and purchase wristbands and t-shirts in order to show support for survivors and victims of domestic violence. The month of events will end with “Connections Day,” held at the Connections Thrift Store in Lincoln Square. Donations will be rewarded with a BOGO coupon for the organization’s store.