October is the national Domestic Violence Awareness Month and events are planned across the country to bring awareness to the pandemic of violence in the hope that it can be curtailed.
Neil Schori helped create the Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit working with the late Susan Murphy-Milano. The Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit is outlined in Murphy-Milano’s book, Time’s Up: How to Safely Leave an Abusive and Stalking Relationship. Pastor Schori has been instrumental in the establishment of Document the Abuse along with Murphy-Milano’s colleague, Sandra L. Brown, M.A. of The Institute for Relational Harm Reduction headquartered in North Carolina.
Pastor Neil Schori has created a program within Naperville Christian Church which has been highly successful in assisting victims of violence with the creation of their personal safety plans, the Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit, and, if necessary, providing safe houses in emergency cases. Through Document the Abuse and it’s subsequent certified training, Schori will bring this plan to others in the faith based community as a model and a way for other clergy to become involved in keeping victims safe.
Schori meets at the church with the victim at a time when the abuser won’t suspect she’s doing it. Schori will then present documentation for the victim to detail, in her own handwriting: the nature of the abuse, the abuser’s name, whether he owns weapons, and any medication he takes. Every page, Schori said, is signed and notarized. A notary public is present at every meeting.
When the victim completes the documentation, Schori videotapes a six-minute presentation and creates two DVDs, one for the victim to give to the person she most trusts, and one he will keep in a safe.
“In the event something happens to her, I deliver this documentation to the proper authorities,” Schori said. “We believe this will eliminate ‘hearsay’ in future cases.” The Herald News
Will County, IL Take Back the Night Details:
- What: Will County Take Back the Night
- When: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3
- Where: First Assembly of God, 1741 Essington Road, Joliet
- Featured speaker: Pastor Neil Schori, key witness in Drew Peterson trial
- Etc: Please bring nonperishable food items, paper goods and/or grocery store and gas station gift cards to donate for domestic violence shelters.
- Information: Visit www.WillTBTN.com
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