October is National Domestic Violence Month. I’ve been putting more time in at my local domestic violence shelter to help out. Volunteering is very good for people with backgrounds of trauma. It allows time to get out of your own issues and help someone else. I even made the purple ribbons. No one wanted this job. “It’s too time consuming, artsy and crafty,” people told me. “You do it.” I was happy to. There will be panel discussions at local colleges, discount dinners at select restaurants where the money goes towards domestic violence shelters, runners participating in the Chicago Marathon on behalf of local shelters. And more posters like this are hanging in public areas offering the services of local shelters.