The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

August 1, 2013

Family Fun Night raises funds for shelter

BY JENNIFER BAILEY
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — A downtown Family Fun Night event is providing some fun activities for children and raising money for a good cause.

The Crosspoint Domestic Violence and Transitional Shelter Services Program is holding a Family Fun Night fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Palace Park immediately next door to the Fischer Theatre.

“We wanted to offer a safe, fun event for families to attend. The event will coincide with the last Summer Sounds Concert in Downtown Danville and we are hoping families will come downtown to enjoy both events,” said Maretta Withers, program supervisor.

The Family Fun Night will have a variety of games for children such as duck pond, baseball spinner, bowling, ring toss, basketball plinko, hula hoop toss and many more.

Familiar Danville faces, such as Mayor Scott Eisenhauer, will be seen in the dunk tank.

A large and small bounce house will be available to the children at no charge.

Snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn, hotdogs and drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets to play the games and purchase food are 25 cents each or five for $1.

Withers said they’ve had Family Fun Nights inside at their gym in the past, but it’s been a few years.

Also, she said, “it’s not been this scale. This is a grander scale.”

The fundraiser helps with operating costs and family needs for the shelter services.

“We’re always in need of food for our pantry, personal items (for families)….,” Withers said.

“We want to make sure people see us out there and what we’re doing,” Withers added about informing the public.

She encourages people to enjoy the activities and concert of Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio downtown.

The Crosspoint shelter, 201 N. Hazel St., in the Your Family Resource Connection building, houses women and children, but offers services to males too.

The shelter has been providing domestic violence victim services since 1980.

There have been cuts in state funding causing staffing changes and other cuts at the shelter through the years.

The building has rooms for domestic violence victims and for the residential, homeless transitional program.

The shelter receives referrals and people can come there on a walk-in basis for services.

Withers said the residential transitional program can see an average of 15 women stay there nightly.

The domestic violence program can see about six women a night on average stay at the shelter.

Between the two programs and units, there can be about 10 to 15 children also staying each night at the shelter, Withers said.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of abusive behavior that is used by an intimate partner to gain or maintain power and control over the other intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.

According to statistics and information from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.

Eighty-five percent of domestic violence victims are women.

Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.

Females who are 20 to 24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.

Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.

Also for children who witness domestic violence, witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.

Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.

In addition, 30 percent to 60 percent of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household.

For more information about Crosspoint’s domestic violence and transitional shelter services, contact Withers at 446-1217.