Letter to the Editor


Date: October 19th, 2022 

Contact: Jennifer Gabrenya Executive Director
Anew: Building Beyond Violence and Abuse 

As incidents of domestic violence continue to be ever present in our local media, we
feel compelled to continue lifting up the realities of abuse and inform our communities
that there is help available. As providers of both domestic violence services for victims
and services to help those who use violence to stop their abuse, the Crisis Center for
South Suburbia and Anew: Building Beyond Violence and Abuse are especially sensitive
to the needs of each group and want the community to be reminded that domestic
violence comes in all forms. Domestic violence, at the core, is all about exerting power
and control over another person. It is never OK. Every nine seconds a woman is beaten,
yet despite increased awareness of domestic violence, it continues to be a public
health crisis.

Domestic violence can impact anyone.

The Crisis Center for South Suburbia and Anew are here to support victims of domestic
violence in the south cook and eastern will county communities. We provide services to
those directly and indirectly impacted by domestic violence. We serve those who have
been harmed and we also have services for those who have done harm. Our agencies
share a believe that change is possible and that change we work to bring forward is a
world free from abuse.

We need your help, as a community, to make sure that people in need are aware of
our services. People need to be able to find us when they are in trouble before another
life is lost or traumatized. If you are a victim of domestic violence and don’t feel safe,
we are here to help. If you feel isolated and alone because someone is controlling you,
reach out. Call our 24-hotline for support, emergency shelter, resources, or just to talk.
Our help and services are free and confidential.

If you are hurting your partner or fear that you might be, you can contact our agencies
to learn more about Partner Abuse Intervention services.

Call 708-335-3028 or visit www.anewdv.org Call 708-429-SAFE or visit www.crisisctr.org.


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