Helping Services 2014 Annual Report

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Online Training is the Wave of the Future

By Renee Matt, IT Coordinator |

Lights! Camera! Action! Today another star is born in Internet land. To be more specific, another star presenter for the Online Domestic Violence Awareness Training. Staff at Helping Services were put to the task of taking a traditional face-to-face training and translating into a 30-hour online format. Continue reading

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Alcohol Use in Dubuque County: We Need Your Input!

What do you know about alcohol laws in Iowa? What about consequences related to alcohol?

Help DASAC better serve neighbors, protect youth, and equip local businesses. Share your thoughts and take the survey. Continue reading

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Two-in-One Training Opportunity: Responsible Beverage Server and Over-the-Counter Drug Seller

By Carol Hopp. Community Prevention Specialist |

Local businesses care about keeping our communities safe from underage and binge drinking and other substance abuse dangers. To be prepared to protect the public, alcohol license holders and servers and businesses that sell over-the-counter medications are taking time to get trained through the Helping Services two-in-one Responsible Beverage Server and Over-the-Counter and Prescription Drug Training. Continue reading

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3rd Annual Pet Walk in Cresco to End Domestic Violence

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By Trish, Bilingual Advocate |

Domestic violence has been in the news quite frequently these past few weeks. Some of our neighbors are also victims of this crime, and their pets can be threatened by violence, too. Seven out of ten pet-owning victims of domestic violence who seek safety in a shelter report that their abuser also threatened, injured, maimed, or killed their pet. Their abusers did this to seek revenge or to control the victim. Continue reading

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2014 Domestic Violence Awareness 5K

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Be part of a community that doesn’t tolerate domestic violence and supports families affected by it. Wear purple, and join us for a friendly walk or run to raise awareness.
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Reflections on Ray Rice and Domestic Violence

By David Runyon, Executive Director |

Football is a tough contact sport. We expect the players to inflict a lot of hurt on the guy across the line. We also expect them to leave it on the field. When a player is in the community, with their family and friends, or on a date, we expect them to be gentle giants.

Many of these weekend warriors are just that. Some are not and recent media coverage of Ray Rice and his violence toward his wife Janay causes many to wonder how this could happen. But it does happen often, quietly and locally. You probably know people who experience it behind the closed doors of their home—out of sight and not heard. Continue reading

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Clayton County 4-H Club Donates School Supplies for Families in Domestic Violence Situations

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When we picked up this donation of 14 backpacks loaded with school supplies, Tammy Muller, Clayton County Youth Coordinator (pictured above), was so proud of the Clayton County 4-H clubs who put together the bags. Eight youth, who are part of the Green Team, put out a request to all of Clayton County 4-H to be part of this project. These backpacks will be given directly to the children of the clients we serve through our Domestic Abuse Resource Center. Continue reading

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Thank you Lydia Circle of West Union, Iowa

By Teresa Dehning, Volunteer Coordinator |

The Lydia Circle of West Union United Methodist Church organized a project to help victims of domestic violence and their children. The Circle along with other church members donated a total of $496 worth of items to clients of the Domestic Abuse Resource Center at Helping Services.

The Lydia Circle of West Union United Methodist Church organized a project for Helping Services Domestic Abuse Resource Center. Margaret Anderson (circle president) Sue Snively, Lois Underdahl, Doris Kleppe, Pat Schuchmann, Mona Whitver and Ann Samek.  Continue reading

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Brand New Online Domestic Violence Awareness Training to Be Released September 2014

Online Domestic Violence Awareness Training by Helping Services-01This September, for the first time in the State of Iowa, the Domestic Abuse Resource Center at Helping Services for Northeast Iowa will present the 30-hour Domestic Violence training for community members and professionals in a flexible, convenient online format. This online training will use engaging video, real life scenarios, and interactive elements to help you understand domestic violence as well as our responsibilities as a culture to react, serve, and support victims of this crime. Continue reading

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