Around 30 people from north Austin, Galewood and other communities that are part of Chicago Police Department’s 25th District marched down Central Avenue on the morning of Oct. 4 to not only bring attention to the issue of domestic violence, but to let those affected by it know that there is help.

And as the speakers at the rally emphasized, the effects of domestic violence go far beyond the abuser and the victim — it impacts whole families, especially children. 

The rally was organized by the 25th District’s subcommittee on domestic violence, one of several subcommittees in which police officers work with residents, business owners and service providers to address a range of issues — in this case, raising awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.

The rally kicked off at the 25th District police station, 5555 W. Grand Ave., and proceeded north on Central Avenue, with the marchers turning around at Belmont Avenue. The marchers carried signs in both English and Spanish urging awareness and listing the numbers for domestic violence hotlines. 

Some marchers carried posters retelling stories of victims of domestic violence who were ultimately murdered by their partners.

Ald. Milly Santiago (31st), who took part in the march, said she was glad to be a part of the event because issues affecting women, including domestic violence, were near and dear to hear heart.

“It is my obligation to be a part of this march, “she said. “It is time for all you ladies to stand up for your rights, to end the violence. Enough is enough.”


Igor Studenkov is a winner of multiple Illinois Press Association awards for local government and business reporting. He has been contributing to Austin Weekly News since 2015. His work has also appeared...