Letter to the Editor

May 31, 2008

The Will County Take Back the Night’s steering committee would like to thank Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson for signing on to the Dear Colleague letter to support full funding for the Violence Against Women Act and the Family Violence Prevention and Service Act in the 2010 budget.

Attributing to our current economic crisis, we are witnessing an increase in domestic violence. Not only is there an increase in numbers of violence but reports show more frequent, more violent and more dangerous abuse where domestic violence already exists.

Sadly during this time of soaring demand for services, agencies are faced with proposed federal funding cuts and the decline of private donations. Have no doubt, reducing federal funds for programs that assist domestic violence victims and their children will have social ramifications throughout our community that will last for generations to come.

The above mentioned acts are the foundation for funding to our local agencies. By signing the letter, Halvorson has demonstrated her commitment to our community and to the women that experience domestic violence. She understands the complicated process that women encounter, along with their children, when they are suddenly faced with the need for safe housing and resources to sustain themselves.

We all have the opportunity to show our commitment to unraveling this epidemic problem and helping the effected families by donating and volunteering to local agencies like Guardian Angel Community Services, Lambs Fold Center for Women and Children, Will County Legal Assistance Program and Bridges to a New Day.

Will County Take Back the Night inspires women and men to confront all violence and sexual assault against women. This year’s annual march and vigil will take place Oct. 8. Please visit our Web site at

Jodi Wartenberg, Chairwoman
Will County Take Back the Night