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Child Abuse Awareness Month.

For those who don't know it, April is Child Abuse Awareness and Sexual Assault Prevention Month.

It would be remiss of us not to bring this up on our blog, as one of Dove's programs is the domestic violence program. Domestic violence and child abuse very often go hand-in-hand, as do domestic violence and sexual assault. They are issues that people tend not to talk about.

But if we don't talk about them, if we don't educate ourselves, if we don't look toward solutions, the issues will remain, and the victims will continue to be scarred by the forced silence.

In 2010, there were 26,442 victims of child abuse and neglect reported in the state of Illinois. 

As of February 29, 2012, for the year 2012, Dove Inc. has served 57 children who were either witnesses to, or victims of domestic violence. 

If you want to help, Dove has a domestic violence training scheduled to beginning  Monday, April 30th.  Participants must be registered by noon on April 24th. Please call and ask for Bart Blakey for more information, at 217-428-6616.

For more information on child abuse, please contact the Macon County Child Advocacy Center. For more information on sexual assault, please contact Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center.

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Dove's Domestic Violence Education and Volunteer Training

Training is available for individuals interested in educating themselves on the issues surrounding domestic violence. The training will take place April 30 through May 16, Monday through Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., in Decatur, at Dove, 302 S. Union, Dean Simcox Conference Room. This 40-hour training is approved by ICADV, Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. This training is being facilitated by two Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals, one of whom is also an Illinois Certified Partner Abuse Intervention Professional. There is a $150 fee for the training, with some scholarships available.



To register, contact Barbara Blakey at 217.428.6616. A phone interview starts the process and needs to take place by Noon, Monday, April 23.



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