March 21, 2003
We are no strangers to violence and pain but we have learned to deal with it in a way that is healing for us. Take the Silent Witness approach with you into all of your conversations in the next month. See what a difference it can make. And try knitting or sewing a shawl or scarf for someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. It may be a small gesture but it is a peace-filled gesture and it makes a great deal of difference to the knitter and to the receiver.
WELCOME NEW EMAIL CORRESPONDENTS:
ATTENTION: If you are a mother, daughter, grandmother
or sister of a woman or man who's been murdered in domestic violence
and would like to receive a comforting hand made shawl to remind
you of the care and love of others please contact me. We have
shawls available and would love to give you one.
If you know of other women who have a loved one who has been murdered
let us know her name as well. We also have a limited number of scarves
NEWS FROM THE STATES/COUNTRIES:
California Victims Compensation Program will be honoring National Victims Rights
Week: March on the Capitol: One of the highlights of Victims' Rights
Week is the Annual March on the Capitol in support of victims and to demonstrate
the importance of organizations and legislation supporting victims.
The 14th Annual March is being held on Tuesday, April 8, 2003. The
march begins at 11:45 a.m. and ends on the west steps of the Capitol. Victim
Compensation Program and Government Claims Board staff will join the
And this encouraging note about the new full-service DV center in San Diego from Gael Strack, Asst. City Attorney:
Everything we hoped would happen is happening and more. It's absolutely exciting. We're also overwhelmed, humbled, empowered, and tired. We opened in October 2002, that month we saw approximately 90 walk-ins (victims); 200 site visitors (professionals local, state and national); 650 phone calls to our main number; 800 DV police reports; and 6000 hits on our web site. In January 2003, we saw close to 500 walk-ins; 650 site visitors; 1400 phone calls; 900 DV police reports; and 13,500 hits on our web site.
We're already planning a DV march in October -- women will be wearing wedding
dresses and men will be wearing tuxes. I was touched by the march led
by the National Coalition Against DV in Sept last year to honor the memory
of Gladys (a New Jersey woman who was murdered on her wedding day by her
ex-boyfriend). On the Silent Witness front, last October we went before City
Council for our annual DV proclamation but this time we gave each of the city council members one of your mini-silent witness silhouette --
*It is so powerful to keep bringing strong visual reminders of the effects of DV to our communities. And having a service center with everything in one building is amazing. Let's hope this helps bring those homicide umbers down even farther. More power to you.
At the end of this month I'm to address a police conference here in
*Pat, I'm sure there will be people who will respond to this request.
WCCO TV, the largest TV station in the Twin Cities is doing a special
A friend of mine (Janet) who works as a chaplain at a children's hospital in the Twin Cities called me after she heard about the Sheila's Shawls project.
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