Press Release

Sente Launches Supply Drive to Support Survivors of Domestic Violence

10/01/2015

VERNON HILLS, Ill. – In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, is hosting a shelter supply drive for A Safe Place, Lake County’s primary provider of services for women and children who have been physically, verbally or emotionally abused.

“Instances of domestic violence are serious crimes that unfortunately too often go unreported,” Sente said. “My hope is that our shelter supply drive will help bring these issues to the forefront of the discussion and help provide local families with the resources they need to start new lives.”

Throughout the month of October, Sente will be collecting donations for the shelter at her full-time constituent office, located at 294 Evergreen Drive in Vernon Hills, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Monday through Friday. While all donations are greatly appreciated, the shelter is currently asking for paper products, cleaning supplies, office and school supplies, full-size toiletries and baby items.

A strong voice for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, Sente supported multiple initiatives during the most recent legislative session to expand protections and services under the law. Sente backed Senate Bill 1645, now law, which will help victims of domestic violence escape from their abusers by requiring utility companies to waive the initial fees required to set up a new utility service for a period of 60 days.

“We must do everything we can prevent instances of sexual violence from occurring in our communities and ensure that the resources are there to help survivors escape dangerous situations,” Sente said. “By allowing for additional time to pay for essential services like electricity, gas and water, we can help survivors to recover and seek safe living conditions.”

For more information, or a full list of accepted items, please call Sente’s full-time constituent service office at 847-478-9909 or email repsente@gmail.com.



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