Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Domestic Violence Program has plenty of events going on throughout the month to help educate and raise awareness of this very serious issue. Unless stated below, these events are open to anyone. Some topics may not be appropriate for everyone, so use your best judgment when bringing the kids.

2018 Events Calendar

Ribbon Skirt Workshop with Erin Burggraf* Oct. 5 | Community Center 5 p.m.

Corn Husk Doll Workshop with Jonathan and Elizabeth Rinehart Oct. 5 | Community Center 5 p.m.

Harvest Day Oct. 6 | Dowagiac Middle School, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Join the Education and Social Services Departments for a day of fall themed family fun! Registration is available here. Contact Autumn Laraway at (269) 462-4327 for more information.

Domestic Violence Awareness Week Oct. 7–13

Strangulation Lunch and Learn with Annette Nickel** Oct. 8 | Community Center 12–1:30 p.m.

Healing Justice for our Communities Vigil with Betty Davis*** Oct. 11 | Community Center 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Awareness Day and Office Decoration Contest Oct. 12

Love Should Not Hurt 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk Oct. 13 | Rodgers Lake Pavilion 9 a.m.

Wind River film screening*** Oct. 18 | Community Center 6 p.m.

*Ribbon Skirt workshop is for experienced seamstresses only. Materials are provided and some sewing machines are available to borrow, however participants are encouraged to bring their own machines. Space is limited to the first 14 women who register.
**Lunch and Learn is for government staff and board, council, and commission members only. Lunch will be provided. Please let Casey know by 10/5 if you are planning on attending.
***Food is provided

 If you have any questions about the events, please Contact Casey Kasper, Victim Services Manager/Case Worker at (269) 462-4324 or

What is domestic violence?

Most often we think of physical violence—the hitting, kicking, punching, bruises, and broken bones—when we think about domestic violence, but domestic violence is so much more than just being physically harmed. Domestic violence includes emotional and sexual abuse, as well as threats, intimidation, isolation and manipulation.

While Domestic Violence can happen to anyone, it’s important to know that it impacts far more women than men. Overall, domestic violence impacts 25% of women, regardless of race or ethnicity. These numbers, however, are much higher in Native American populations. According to 2016 study conducted by the National Institute of Justice, 55.5% of Native American/Alaska Native women surveyed reported experiencing physical violence from an intimate partner.

Domestic violence isn't about love, it is about control. Victims do not choose to be hurt; abusers choose to hurt their victims.

Love should not hurt. If you or someone you know is being hurt, please contact Casey Kasper at (269) 462-4324 or