Domestic Violence -
You Matter... Love Shouldn't Hurt

Purple is the universal color symbol dedicated to Domestic Violence. Domestic violence is a behavior pattern based on the use of power and control of one person over another. Domestic violence is a pattern of physical and psychological abuse, threats, intimidation, isolation or economic control over another person in the context of dating, family or household relationship. On average, more than three women are murdered by husbands or boyfriends in the country every day.

The Mission of "You Matter... Love Shoudn't Hurt" is to:

  • Raise awareness of Domestic Violence.
  • Educate the Community against Domestic Violence
  • Direct victims and their families to resources which help provide freedom from violence.
  • The Saint Pascal Domestic Violence Ministry meetings are scheduled in the West Sacristy on the following Wednesdays:

  • September 27, 2017
  • November 29, 2017
  • January 10, 2018
  • March 7, 2018
  • May 9, 2018

  • If you are interested to learn more about the Domestic Violence Outreach Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago, this link will take you directly to our home page - Domestic Violence Outreach

    Domestic violence in the United States is epidemic! Support groups are very helpful. If someone you know needs help, call:

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-SAFE or 1-800-799-7233
  • Chicago Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-877-863-6338
  • Betweens Friends Hotline - 1-800-603-4357
  • Connections for Abused Soman and Their Children Hotline - 1-773-278-4566
  • Sarah's Inn Hotline - 1-708-386-4225
  • There is never an excuse for physical, emotional, or sexual violence. Domestic violence is a crime. But there is hope. You can break the cycle of violence. Support and counseling are available close to home. Please call the Catholic Charities parish line 312-655-7106.

    Help to Prevent Domestic Violence

    On January 1st, Illinois HB4264, legislation requiring one hour mandatory “domestic violence and sexual assault education” training for the state’s licensed barbers, cosmetologists, estheticians, hair braiders and nail technicians amended the Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair braiding and Nail Technology Act of 1985, became law. Illinois is the first state to adopt such a mandate.

    Licensed salon professionals will be required to complete the course while applying for a new license, and then as continuing education required for license renewal every two years.

    HB4264 aims to take advantage of the trusted relationship between salon professionals and their clients to prevent domestic violence. The law does not require them to report any violence, and it shelters them from any liability. The main goal is to get victims of domestic violence professional help if they want it. The training that the stylists will receive is an hour long "awareness and education" program called Listen. Support. Connect, designed by Chicago Says No More, a coalition of domestic violence advocacy groups, in partnership with Cosmetologists Chicago. The training is to provide salon professionals with the tools in case the clients ask for information.

    In the next two years, 88,000 salon professionals in Illinois will be trained to recognize signs of an abusive relationship and how they can provide information about local help and resources, if their client needs & requests help. And they will be able to have conversations with family and friends and clients that raises awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault. The first training sessions will be offered in March at an industry trade show in Chicago. According to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, there were 103,546 domestic violence offenses reported to law enforcement in Illinois in 2015. That's up from 99,795 offenses reported the year before. And from July 1, 2015, to this past June, there were 49 domestic violence-related deaths in Illinois, including three children, according to the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.