Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month



Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2016

Did you know 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime?
Still think domestic violence is someone else’s business?
This October join Courage Connection in making domestic violence YOUR business. Down below is our calendar of events for DVAM – please join us!




Peace Jam-Live Music, Interactive Art for All Ages, Resource Fair

Sat, Oct. 8


Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (IMC), 202 S Broadway Ave., Urbana

Admission:  Free

Location:  The IMC (in the Urbana Post Office Building)

Presented by Courage Connection & The Women’s Resource Center

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Courage Connection and The Women’s Resource Center join together to bring you an afternoon of art, music and exploration at the Peace Jam.

You and your little ones can do some exploration through art at the collage station, or relax at our reading nook for stories of respect, kindness and empowerment.  While you are crafting and reading, learn more about domestic violence and how to prevent it at the resource fair where several local organizations will be available to answer any questions.

Local bands will be playing through out the day to add the jam to your peace at the Peace Jam!

Music by Love Handles, Nectar, Rainbow Flag and Paul Kotheimer.

*All Ages

For more information go to




2016 Women’s Fitness 5k Walk and Run & kids 100-yard dash,

Sun, Oct 16, 11am

Crystal Lake Park, Urbana


All proceeds will be donated to the Courage Connection and the Crisis Nursery.


Official Race Flyer or Online registration

Packet Pick-up

IN PERSON:  Packet Pick Up for pre-registrants and late registration Saturday, October 15, 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Body n’ Sole, Curtis Rd. and Rt. 45, Savoy

RACE DAY:  Packet pick-up for pre-registrants and late registration 9:30-11:45am at the Crystal Lake Park Pavilion

Race Day Registration

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Sunday, October 16th at Crystal Lake Park Pavilion, Urbana


Contact Race Director Jan Seeley 217-369-8553


Screening of Byron Hurt’s “Beyond Beats and Rhymes”

Mon, Oct. 17


Women’s Resource Center, 703 South Wright St., Champaign

Byron Hurt Interview –


Keynote speaker, Byron Hurt

Tues, Oct. 18


UIUC Allen Hall, 1005 W Gregory Dr., Urbana

Hurt is also on Facebook and Twitter @byronhurt.

Byron Hurt Interview –

About Byron Hurt


Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, published writer, anti-sexist activist, and lecturer. Hurt is also the former host of the Emmy-nominated series, “REEL WORKS with BYRON HURT.”  His documentary, “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was later broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens.

The former Northeastern University football quarterback was also a founding member of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading college-based rape and domestic violence prevention initiative for college and professional athletics. Hurt also served as an Associate Director of the first gender violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps.Byron’s writings have been published in several anthologies, including Michael Eric Dyson’s “Know What I Mean?” Kevin Powell’s “The Black Male Handbook,” and Shira Tarrant’s “Men Speak Out.” In the media, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The L.A. Times, O Magazine, Mother Jones, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Philadelphia Tribune, The Final Call,, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, Access Hollywood, MTV, BET, ABC News World Tonight, Black Enterprise, C-Span, and many other outlets have featured Byron’s work.

Byron’s latest film, Soul Food Junkies is critically acclaimed and won the CNN Best Documentary award at the American Black Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City.  The film made its national television premiere on PBS’ Emmy award-winning series, Independent Lens in January 2013. Soul Food Junkies is currently touring the country and playing in front of large audiences and is receiving rave reviews.

A member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Hurt’s next film is entitled, Hazing: How Badly Do You Want In?

Hurt is also on Facebook and Twitter @byronhurt.

Byron Hurt Interview –




Paint the Town Purple, All Day, All Over Town

 Wear purple and take a stand against domestic violence.

Mon-Thurs, Oct. 24-27

For more information and to be included in our social media campaign

Contact:  Development Department, 217-352-7151



Candlelight Vigil

Thurs, Oct. 27


Alma Mater

For more information contact: Development Department, 217-352-7151 or Women’s Resources Center (217) 333-3137


Courage Connection

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