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October 2022 - Southern District Update

Diona Shelton, LCSW, CATP, CCTP

Southern District Chair

Hello Southern District!

October is here, and the season of autumn is in full swing. I hope everyone is well and has gotten into a rhythmic routine. October is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, and this year’s theme is, “Everyone1KnowsSome1." This theme emphasizes how common domestic violence is and highlights the concept that it is more than physical violence, but a part of a larger system consisting of emotional abuse rooted in oppression, dominance, and control. Domestic violence is prevalent in all communities and affects people regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, nationality, or age. The effects of domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, or even death. This is a time when our nation pauses to highlight the collaborative efforts and roles that social service agencies play in both advocacy and prevention. Social workers are often on the frontlines and serve as leaders in prevention, advocacy, and education to help support those impacted by domestic violence. It is the support and leadership of the social work profession that assists others to understand the scope of domestic violence and aids in prevention efforts. As the month of October gets underway, let us pause to recognize social workers who regularly serve those impacted by domestic violence and continue to advocate for programs and legislation that addresses awareness and prevention.

Best regards,

Diona Shelton, LCSW, CATP, CCTP

NASW-IL Southern District Chair

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NASW-IL Southern District Chair Diona Shelton, MSW, LCSW


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