ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — For the fourth year in a row, the Rockford Police Department is using an art contest to raise awareness of domestic violence.
Artists between the ages of 13 and 21 can take part in the Domestic Violence Art Contest.
Both the police department, and the non-profit victims’ advocate center Remedies, at 220 Easton Parkway, use the artworks throughout the year.
Sgt. Mary Ogden, of the Rockford Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit, says the art helps start conversations about a topic that many find difficult to talk about.
“When you look at these pictures, the way you view something might be something different from how I view it,” she said. “So, it helps us speak without having to, or, I should say, it helps us spread knowledge without having to speak anything.”
Cash prize winners will be announced on Thursday at the “Shining the Light” ceremony at Rock Valley College.
Tuesday is the deadline for art submissions, which can be turned in at any of the Rockford Police Department district headquarters before 6 p.m.
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