Terri Hebda
DVA Program Manager

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”Light a Path”

Welcome DVA Program Managers to the USWT 2017-2018 Year.

I am looking forward to working with all of you to help prevent Domestic Violence and to help the victims of Domestic Violence.

I have been a member of “Women of Today” since 1991. I started with the HFG Chapter in Illinois, when we decided to fold our chapter I still wanted to be a member and transferred to Springfield, IL chapter. After a few years Barb Wigell wanted to activate our at large membership and formed “Lincoln Land” where I finally landed! As a long time member I served on local HFG in almost every position. On the Illinois Board I have been PVP, MVP, Secretary, President and other positions more than once. National level I served Janet Esper as her Secretary and Barb Wigell this past year as her PA.

My reason for wanting to take the DVA Manager on National level started this past year when I joined President Barb at her visit to Minnesota and there Winter Meeting. I was very moved by the young ladies who spoke on behalf of “Breaking Free”. Thank you Minnesota Ladies for supporting this organization helping women leave the “life”.

 “Light a Path” is my theme for the year, I chose this to bring Light to the fact that every 9 seconds someone becomes a victim of Domestic Violenc. My hope is that the 9th of every month you will light a candle, porch light or luminary to support ending the violence. It takes an average of 7 times for a victim to leave the abuser before they realize that they might not make it to the next time, lots don’t make it to the 7th time. Let us find a way to educate, support and help those in abusive situations get out.

We should be aware that it is not only women that are victims, children, partners (men or women) and those that are victims of Trafficing are also subject to Domestic Violence.

So let us “Light a Path” all the victims of abuse.

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Domestic Violence Awareness (DVA)

The United States Women of Today creed states that we are "dedicated to serving our community and nation."  Since our inception in 1985, the USWT has worked with foundations such as March of Dimes, Arthritis Foundation, Lost Child Network, Autism, Breast Cancer Awareness, Resolve, Multiple Sclerosis Society and Domestic Violence Awareness.  Since 1985, over $1,000,000 has been donated to the above organizations.  In the past our charitable foundations were supported by our organization on a rotating three (3) year bid basis.  However, as of May 1, 2011 Domestic Violence Awareness has become our permanent national charitable foundation.

Educating members and our community about Domestic Violence and how it affects the lives of women, children and men in our country is the focus of the United States Women of Today.  Our Domestic Violence Awareness Program Manager will work closely with state and local contacts to promote both educational and fundraising projects.

For more information regarding educational and fundraising ideas, please review our current Domestic Violence Awareness Manual.

Everyone has the right to live without fear and violence.

Each Domestic Violence Awareness Program Manager is encouraged to promote the area in a way she finds most beneficial and fun. Having a fun theme/logo often makes the promotion of this area easier and more effective. She may also offer any kind of incentives she believes will encourage members' participation.  Please fill out the DVA Transmittal Form and remit to the DVA Program Manager.