Domestic Violence
A Cry for Help

Domestic Violence Discussion and Presentation

Kenilworth Union Church Adult Education and Outreach programs invite the community to an evening of thoughtful conversation on the topic of domestic violence.

Join us on Monday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the Culbertson Room.

There is no charge to attend.

Charles W. Dahm, O.P.

Wendy Dickson, Domestic Violence Training and Prevention Director for YWCA of Evanston/North Shore.
Stephanie A. Love-Patterson, Executive Director of Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC)



Charles W. Dahm, O.P. is a Dominican priest and the Chicago Archdiocesan Director of Domestic Violence Outreach and the Co-coordinator of Peace and Justice for Dominicans in North America. For 21 years he was pastor of St. Pius V parish in Chicago, a large Hispanic parish in the Pilsen neighborhood where he developed the largest parish-based domestic violence program in the U.S.

Since being pastor, he has preached on domestic violence at all weekend Masses in more than 100 parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago and formed ministries in approximately 85 of them.

Fr. Chuck holds a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  He is co-founder of the 8th Day Center for Justice, a peace and justice center in Chicago, where he served for twelve years.  During this period, Fr Chuck helped found and support several organizations, such as Illinois Citizens for Better Care, a nursing home advocacy organization, and the Chicago Religious Task Force on Central America.

While pastor at St. Pius V parish, he helped found The Resurrection Project, an economic development corporation and community organization, of which he is currently president.  He currently is a board member of San Jose Obrero Mission, a men and women’s interim shelter.

Fr. Chuck is a frequent lecturer and preacher on domestic violence as well as a promoter of parish ministry to victims of domestic violence.

He is the author of two books: Power and Authority in the Catholic Church, Cardinal Cody in Chicago, and Parish Ministry in a Hispanic Community.

Wendy Dickson has served as the Director of Domestic Violence Services at the YWCA Evanston North Shore since 1997. During her tenure, she has developed their legal advocacy dept., violence prevention services, medical advocacy and education, as well as enhanced the services they provide for their residential domestic violence clients.

She has worked in the counseling field since 1980, beginning her career with Parkside Medical services working with substance abuse and teens.

Wendy has a degree in education, and a masters in counseling.

She grew up on the North Shore and have raised her family there as well. Wendy is particularly interested in educating the community on domestic violence, and helping them understand that DV does happen here!

 Stephanie Love-Patterson is the Executive Director of Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC).   She has worked at CAWC since August 1999 and is a Certified Domestic Violence Professional. She oversees program services for the agency including Greenhouse Shelter, the Humboldt Park Outreach Program, domestic violence services at Haymarket Center, and the Hospital Crisis Intervention Project at John Stroger Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.   She also provides training and technical assistance to various organizations and healthcare professionals throughout the community to help create a coordinated response to domestic violence.Prior to coming on board at CAWC Stephanie worked at A Safe Place Shelter in Lake County Illinois as a counselor/advocate. She has also worked at Rape Victim Advocates’ John H. Stroger Hospital Satellite Program, which is a collaborative effort of Rape Victim Advocates and the Health and Hospital System of Cook County. She has been a trained sexual assault advocate since 1985.

Stephanie serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence and is a member of the Domestic Violence and Mental Health Policy Initiative, the Illinois Health Cares Core Leadership Group and participated on the Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence Intersystem Assessment Team, she also served on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network from 2005 until 2007.

With over 30 years experience in the field of violence against women, Stephanie is a recognized leader in the field.

Our guest and keynote speaker, Charles W. Dahm, O.P., Research shows that in the United States every 15 seconds a woman is battered. Enhancing the discussion are speakers Wendy Dickson and Stephanie A. Love-Patterson.

Join us on Monday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the Culbertson Room.