Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Domestic Violence Program has plenty of events going on throughout the month to help educate and raise awareness of this very serious issue. Unless stated below, these events are open to anyone. Some topics may not be appropriate for everyone, so use your best judgment when bringing the kids.

New this year, event attendees will be put into a raffle to win a black ash basket. The more events you attend, the more chances you have for winning. If you have any questions about the events, please Contact Casey Kasper, Victim Services Manager/Case Worker at (269) 462-4324 or

2017 Events Calendar

Harvest Day Saturday, Sept. 30 | Dowagiac Middle School, 10 AM-1 PM
Join the Education and Social Services Departments for a day of fall themed family fun! Registration is available here. Contact Autumn Laraway at (269) 462-4327 for more information.

Mohawk Girls Film Screening Friday, Oct. 6 | Community Center, 6 PM
A coming of age film, directed by Tracey Deer (Mohawk), detailing the lives of three Mohawk girls growing up on the Kahnawake Reserve. This event is open to everyone, though some of the themes may not be appropriate for everyone. Light refreshments will be provided.

Awareness Week October 8-October 14

Women's Social Gathering: Potluck and Recipe Swap Monday, Oct. 9 | Community Center, 6 PM
Nothing brings people together like food. Bring your favorite dish to pass and a copy of the recipe and join us for an evening of fun, food, and conversation. This event is for women and children only. 

Survivor Speak Out and Vigil Tuesday, Oct. 10 | Social Services Memorial Garden, 6 PM
Domestic violence survivors and supportive family members and friends are welcome to share their stories of survival. This event is open to everyone.

The Mask You Live In Film Screening Friday, Oct. 13 | Community Center, 6 PM
The Mask You Live In discusses what it means to be male in American Society. This event is open to everyone. Dinner will be provided.

Love Should Not Hurt 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk Saturday, Oct. 14 | Pavilion, 10 AM
Lace up your running shoes and come out to run or walk our scenic, 3.1 mile course through the Rodgers Lake property. A healthy picnic lunch at the pavilion will follow. Packet pickup begins at 9 AM. Please be on the property by 9:45 AM to make sure all participants are safe. You may register here. Please note the registration deadline is Friday, September 29, 2017. You may still register until the day of the race and onsite, however you will not be guaranteed a t-shirt.

Women's Social Gathering: Beading Class with Christina Rapp Monday, Oct. 16 | Community Center, 5 PM
Join us for an evening of socializing and beading. Christina Rapp will be teaching peyote stitching. All beading skill levels are welcome. This event is for women and older children only. Please bring a dish to pass.

Sin by Silence Film Screening Thursday, Oct. 19 | Community Center, 6 PM
Overwhelmingly, women in prison have experienced some sort of violence in the past. This film looks at the first inmate initiated and led support group for women in the correctional system, Convicted Women Against Abuse (CWAA). For the past two decades, the CWAA have been strong advocates for battered women, both inside and outside the correctional system.

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.

Love should not hurt. If you or someone you know is being hurt, please contact Casey Kasper at (269) 462-4324 or