Human Trafficking and the Similarities to Domestic Violence

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On January 26, 2023
  • Chicago, chicago metropolitan area, Chicago suburbs, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, domestic violence organization, DV agency, End Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking Awareness month, January Human Trafficking Awareness Month, non-profit, non-profit agencies, northwest chicago, Trafficking and DV, Trafficking Awareness, Trafficking Awareness month, WINGS, WINGS Program
January is Human Trafficking Awareness month. Over the years, WINGS has served human trafficking survivors through the agency’s Safe Houses. Learn about human trafficking and the similarities to domestic violence.
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Closing the Boyfriend Loophole – Gun Legislation and Domestic Violence

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On December 15, 2022
  • Bipartisan Safe Communities Act, Boyfriend loophole, chicago metropolitan area, Chicago suburbs, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, domestic violence and guns, domestic violence organization, DV agency, End Domestic Violence, gun control, gun legislation, gun legislation and DV, gun policies, gun violence, gun violence and DV, guns, non-profit, northwest chicago, WINGS, WINGS Program
In domestic violence relationships, the presence of a gun in the home increases the risk of homicide by 500%. This year, closing the boyfriend loophole, gun legislation, and domestic violence was addressed in federal legislation for the first time in decades.
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9 Warning Signs of Domestic Violence

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On November 2, 2022
  • Chicago, chicago metropolitan area, Chicago suburbs, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, domestic violence organization, domestic violence red flags, domestic violence warning signs, DV agency, dv red flags, dv survivors, dv warning signs, End Domestic Violence, Housing Programs, northwest chicago, red flags, Shelters, warning signs, WINGS, WINGS Program
While no relationship is perfect, it is crucial to know how to identify abuse. Domestic Violence can take many forms and builds over time. Below are 9 warning signs of domestic violence.
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6 Myths about Domestic Violence

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On October 18, 2022
  • children survivors dv, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Myths, domestic violence organization, DV agency, dv survivors, family services, Housing Programs, October Domestic Violence Awareness, WINGS, WINGS Program
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. With domestic violence continually on the rise, WINGS shares six myths about domestic violence.
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Milestones, Highlights, Expansions and Awards: WINGS FY2022 in Review

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On August 18, 2022
  • celebration of courage, Charity Navigator, Chicago, chicago metropolitan area, Chicago suburbs, children services, children survivors dv, COVID-19, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, domestic violence organization, DV agency, DV Hospital Program, dv survivors, End Domestic Violence, family services, Housing Programs, non-profit agencies, Philanthropy, WINGS, WINGS Program
Milestones, Highlights, Expansions and Awards: WINGS FY2022 in Review. Learn about WINGS outcomes and solutions to end domestic violence.
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BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Survivors

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On July 26, 2022
  • Bebe Moore Campbell, BIPOC Mental Health, BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month, Chicago, chicago metropolitan area, Chicago suburbs, COVID-19, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, domestic violence organization, DV agency, mental health, Mental Health Screening, northwest chicago, Pandemic, WINGS, WINGS Program
July is BIPOC Mental Health Awareness month. Learn about how mental health intersects with domestic violence, tips for BIPOC individuals and resources.
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A New Direction Joins WINGS Community-Based Services

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On June 23, 2022
  • A New Direction, AND DV services, Beverly, Chicago, community-based services, counseling, COVID-19, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, domestic violence counseling, DV agency, dv counseling, Morgan Park, WINGS, WINGS Program
A New Direction, created in 2011, provides community-based counseling services to clients in the Beverly/Morgan Park and surrounding communities along with education and advocacy. This year, A New Direction (AND) has joined WINGS network of community-based services.
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Domestic Violence in LGBTQ Relationships: Myths, Similarities and Ways to be Supportive

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On June 21, 2022
  • Chicago, chicago metropolitan area, Chicago suburbs, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, domestic violence organization, DV agency, dv survivors, End Domestic Violence, LGBTQ Domestic violence, LGBTQ DV similarities, LGBTQ myths, LGBTQ relationships, LGBTQ Survivors, northwest chicago, Ways to Advocate for LGBTQ, WINGS, WINGS Program
Unfortunately, domestic violence occurs across all genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic levels, cultures, and religions. Due to marginalization, LGBTQ individuals are vulnerable to domestic violence. Since June is Pride month, WINGS highlights domestic violence in LGBTQ relationships: myths, similarities, and ways to be supportive.
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month; 3 Myths and 6 Tips About Mental Health

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On May 11, 2022
  • Chicago, chicago metropolitan area, Chicago suburbs, Domestic Violence, domestic violence organization, dv survivors, mental health, Mental Health Awareness Month, mental health domestic violence, mental health DV, mental health tips, mental illness, mental illness myths, WINGS, WINGS Program
Did you know that mental health and domestic violence are often intertwined? The trauma caused from domestic abuse puts survivors at risk for developing mental health conditions including depression, anxiety and PTSD. Learn about 3 mental illness myths and 6 tips to improve your own mental health and well-being.
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WINGS Safe House Staff Discuss 4 Takeaways from the Netflix Show – Maid

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On April 19, 2022
  • chicago metropolitan area, children survivors dv, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, DV agency, End Domestic Violence, family services, Housing Programs, Maid, Netflix, Safe House, Shelters, WINGS, WINGS Program
This fall on Netflix, Maid was frequently in the top ten viewed series. Based on a memoir of Stephanie Land, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, a mother and her young toddler daughter leave an abuser. Below are 4 Takeaways from the show, discussed by two of WINGS front-line domestic violence shelter workers.
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