Organization Day spotlights domestic violence awareness

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, November 18, 2014 8:00 am

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) joined House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), fellow legislators, staff and other state office holders in donating bedding, towels and other supplies to the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) at the Statehouse.

“Domestic violence affects so many people throughout our state,” said Laura Berry, Executive Director of ICADV. “We are happy to work with the House legislators on this issue and are proud to be the recipient of the Speaker’s charity initiative in 2015 which will support local domestic violence programs.”

ICADV is a statewide coalition that provides technical assistance, resources, information and training to domestic violence awareness programs, support agencies and concerned individuals. ICADV focuses on prevention of domestic abuse, legislative advocacy, public awareness, advocate training and legal assistance. 

“I am very happy to support the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence for our charity this year,” said Rep. Soliday. “With public safety as one of our top priorities for session, particularly addressing the issue of domestic violence, I look forward to moving our community and state forward in this area.”

Legislators and staff brought in pillows, bedding, towels, art supplies for children, cleaning and office supplies and other items for the ICADV. Laura Berry and a victim of domestic abuse were present to accept the donations and thank those who participated in the collection efforts. 

“The workers and volunteers who devote their time to aiding victims of domestic violence are truly selfless,” said Rep. Soliday. “By supporting organizations like the ICADV, providing resources and raising awareness about the issue, we are working to end domestic violence in our state.”

For more information on the ICADV, visit http://www.icadvinc.org/. 

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Rep. Soliday represents the city of Valparaiso, all of Center, Union and Washington townships and portions of Liberty and Jackson townships.