Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Domestic Violence Awareness Team is dedicated to educating and empowering the community around issues of domestic violence. In collaboration with the Department of Social Services, the team hosts events and activities during the month of October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, centered on this theme.

DV Awareness Month T-Shirt Design Contest

October is nearing, and the Domestic Violence Program is gearing up to make sure this year's events are better than ever! This year we are holding a design contest for community members to design the purple t-shirts given away throughout the month. The winner of the contest will receive a $50 gift card. A short summary of the rules are listed below. All entries must be received by Friday, August 25, 2017 at 5 PM to Casey Kasper in Social Services. The winner will be notified prior to the Kee-Boon-Mein-Kaa pow wow on Labor Day weekend.

Summary Requirements
• The contest is open to Pokagon Band citizens, spouses, custodial parents, and employees only
• The shirt must be purple with white screen printing
• The design needs to be positive and incorporate images that bring to mind empowerment, community well-being, and strength
• No graphic violence or images

If you have any questions or for a copy of the Official Rules, please contact Casey Kasper of the Band's Department of Social Services 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.