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DVIP to host events throughout October in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month


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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. — photo by Shannon

From Oct. 1 to Oct. 22, the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) will host events in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, partnering with local organizations and businesses like Raygun, Hy-Vee, Lucky’s Market and the Iowa City Public Library.

This year’s theme is “Bystander Intervention,” with DVIP programs set to educate the public on how to shelter support, and advocate for potential or known victims of domestic abuse. DVIP’s services extend to multiple counties in southeast Iowa, with a mission to build a better educated public while assisting victims of abuse.

October DVIP events include the following:

Oct. 1: Raygun will launch a DVIP t-shirt with proceeds to benefit DVIP.

Oct. 2: Iowa City and Coralville Hy-Vee stores will host a Shop for Shelter from 1-7 p.m. to help provide household items for those in need.

Oct. 15: DVIP will host a screening of the film Private Violence followed by a discussion panel at the Iowa City Public Library. Panelists include Janet Lyness, Johnson County Attorney, Officer Scott Stevens of the Iowa City Police Department, Kristie Forttmann-Doser, DVIP Executive Director and DVIP Outreach Advocate Alda Buresh. The panel will offer a wide range of information about domestic violence, discussing what concerned community members can do to prevent it and care for victims.

Oct. 16: the Iowa City Police Department’s Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) will be presented the Verizon Helpline Champion Award at a City Hall ceremony set for 7 p.m.

Oct. 22: Lucky’s Market will donate 10 percent of its profits to DVIP and will also host children’s activities and other events during the day.


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