Domestic violence might be easier to deal with if it were easy to tell who would become an abuser and who would become a victim.
But it’s not so simple.
Domestic violence happens to the rich as well as to the poor, to those in the city and those in the suburbs and rural areas, and to those with advanced degrees as well as those who dropped out of school.
It happens in all racial, ethnic and religious groups.
That’s why it’s important for communities like ours to make sure victims and their children have the support they need and abusers can receive the counseling and help they need to stop the cycle of violence.
Turning Point, a nonprofit organization dedicated to confronting domestic violence, will host its annual Take a Stand for Turning Point event Friday and Saturday.
Last year, Turning Point served 1,727 adult and 204 child victims of domestic violence.
They came from every community in McHenry County.
The agency also provided 5,546 nights of shelter.
It wrote 624 orders of protection and had 154 participants in Partner Abuse Prevention programs.
And more than 6,000 people attended 104 Turning Point presentations throughout the county.
All of this takes money, particularly because by law Turning Point does not charge for its victim services.
The goal of this year’s event, which is the agency’s largest annual fundraiser, is to raise $100,000.
As in years past, the agency is teaming with Star 105.5 for a 36-hour Rock and Roll Radiothon.
The event begins at 5 a.m. Friday with Coffee with Joe and Tina in the parking lot outside the Crystal Lake Sam’s Club, 5670 Route 14.
Speakers this year include McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi, state Sen. Pam Althoff, McHenry County Undersheriff Andrew Zinke and United Way of Greater McHenry County Executive Director Steve Otten, as well as Turning Point staff and those who have used the agency’s services.
Other activities on Friday include a fitness expo, children’s games, entertainment and an overnight Dance-a-Thon. The Dance-a-Thon is new this year, and a $5 donation is requested to participate.
Saturday’s activities begin at 10 a.m. with Crystal Lake Police canine demonstrations. Other activities include children’s games, a battle of the bands and a car show. Making a special appearance will be the Batmobile, courtesy of Volo Auto Museum.
The event will conclude at 5 p.m., after the announcement of the winners of the car show and battle of the bands at 4:30 p.m.
This year’s Take a Stand event also will include Stuff a Truck, which is a great way to help Turning Point and declutter our houses and closets.
Accepted items include clothing, blankets, shoes, belts, linens and household items.
Items can be dropped off at Sam’s Club anytime Friday or Saturday. Items also can be taken to the Crystal Lake Savers thrift store at 230 W. Virginia St., but donors must mention Turning Point.
For information, call 815-338-8081 or visit www.mchenrycountyturningpoint.org. Or find the agency on Facebook.
Let’s join together to support our county’s victims of domestic violence.
Let’s take a stand.
• Joan Oliver is the former Northwest Herald assistant news editor. She has been associated with the Northwest Herald since 1990. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.