SCH staff and several community organizations gathered in the Galter Medical Pavilion on October 2 to decorate a tree and hand out purple lapel ribbons—a symbol of the anti-domestic violence movement. The purple ribbons will remain on the tree throughout October as a powerful public message that SCH is committed to building a community free of abuse.
Health care providers play a critical role in increasing patient safety and wellness; reducing isolation, shame and fear and connecting victims to community resources and services. SCH’s Violence Prevention program partners with Apna Ghar, Between Friends, Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network and KAN-WIN to train providers; enhance violence screening, response and referral practices and provide resources to patients who disclose they are in a violent relationship.
To get involved in expanding our capacity to support patients and staff members who may be victims of domestic violence, please contact SCH’s Violence Prevention Director Kate Lawler at 773-878-8200, ext. 6772