BLOOMINGTON — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and a variety of activities are planned for McLean County.

The annual “It’s Time to Talk Day” — sponsored by the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence and several community organizations — will be Tuesday at Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington. Discussion topics at a noon presentation will include how to identify an unhealthy relationship, what to do about it and sources of help.

An all-day conference Tuesday at the church will focus on compassion fatigue in those caring for domestic violence survivors. Sponsored by the 11th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council, the conference costs $12 and registration is at

Other activities include:

-- A lunch and learn on recognizing unhealthy relationships at noon Tuesday at Lancaster’s Restaurant, Bloomington. Sponsored by Soroptimist Club of Bloomington-Normal, the presentation is free, lunch is $10 and registration is at kfleming1973@

-- Normal Police Department and Town of Normal Purple Tie Initiative. Everyone is asked to wear a purple article of clothing on Tuesday to support victims and survivors of domestic violence.

-- The Clothesline Project, in which survivors create T-shirts to express their pain and healing. Shirts will be hung by Stepping Stones from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday outside YWCA McLean County, Bloomington, and by the Illinois State University Chapter of FLAME from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 on the ISU quad, Normal.

-- Walking the Walk Survivor Empathy Simulation from 4 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at YWCA McLean County, sponsored by Stepping Stones.

-- Take Back the Night event, co-hosted by FLAME and Stepping Stones, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 in the ISU Bowling & Billiards Center, Normal.

-- HopeLine from Verizon Cell Phone Collection. No-longer-used cellphones are being collected throughout October to support domestic violence victims and survivors at Children’s Home + Aid Children’s Foundation, ISU Women’s & Gender Studies, Heartland Community College, McLean County State’s Attorney’s Office, Mid Central Community Action, Radio Bloomington, State Farm Insurance Cos. and YWCA McLean County.

-- Break the Silence Breakfast to promote awareness of elder abuse, 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at United Way of McLean County, Bloomington. Register at bburris@

-- Second Annual Taking Steps to End Domestic Violence 5-kilometer run and 1-mile walk Oct. 16 at Tipton Park North, Bloomington. This event is in memory of Duncan and Jack Leichtenberg, with proceeds going to Mid Central Community Action and CDV Neville House.

Check-in is 1 p.m., with a balloon release at 2 p.m., run at 2:15 p.m., walk at 2:45 p.m. and awards presentation at 3 p.m. Register at


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