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.

Applique design contest

This year, the Domestic Violence Program is looking for some applique designs from the community to make our own awareness ribbons, as well as other promotional items. The winner will receive a $50 gift card.

The pattern can be a traditional design (Potawatomi style oak leaf or butterfly), or a design of your own creation. The pattern must feature the awareness colors purple (Domestic Violence), teal (Sexual Assault), and Red (Missing/Murdered Indigenous Women).

This contest is open to all citizens, spouses, and government employees. All entries must be received by Friday, March 2, 2018 and can be mailed, emailed, or hand delivered to Casey Kasper at the Department of Social Services (58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac, MI 49047). If you have any questions, contact Casey at (269) 462-4324 or

2018 Events Calendar

Harvest Day Saturday, Sept. 30 | Dowagiac Middle School, 10 AM-1 PM
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.

Event attendees will be put into a raffle to win a black ash basket. The more events you attend, the more chances you have for winning. 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 does happen to men, it is overwhelmingly more common for women to be victims than men. Domestic violence impacts 1 in 4 women, regardless of race or ethnicity, and specifically 2 in 5 Native American women.

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