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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center (DARC) is recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness during the month of October. In Iowa and around the world, October is a month to create awareness around domestic violence, using the color purple to symbolize the cause.  We are grateful for our strong partnerships with local law…

Diaper Drive
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Diaper Drive

In conjunction with National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Family Education team is holding a diaper drive to benefit the families enrolled in home visiting services in Allamakee, Clayton, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties. Roughly 1 in 3 families struggle to afford diapers at the estimated cost of $100…

Domestic Violence Services Advocacy
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Domestic Violence Services Advocacy

Helping Services’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center team members attended Virtual Advocacy Day for the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and Iowa Coalition for Collective Change. This day entailed advice for advocating with legislators, as well as information on the need for state funding for victim services.  Investing in state funds…

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Helping Services for Youth & Families will be highlighting awareness for Teen Dating Violence Awareness month in February. Nearly a quarter of adult victims of rape, physical violence and stalking by an intimate partner first experienced partner violence between the ages of 11 and 17. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and the Helping…

Successful Giving Project
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Successful Giving Project

The 2020 Giving Project was a success! The project matches business, organizations, families, and individual donors with children of clients that have been assisted by the Domestic Abuse Resource Center. These donors purchase gifts for the families by purchasing items off of wish lists that clients fill out. This year, we were fortunate to donate…

Rural Focused Grant to Support Victims
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Rural Focused Grant to Support Victims

Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center (DARC) has been awarded a new grant from the US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. This three year grant under the Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, & Stalking Program will total $472,600. The grant is designed to enhance victim safety…

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center (DARC) is hosting Domestic Violence Awareness during the month of October. In Iowa and around the world, October is a month to create awareness around domestic violence, using the color purple to symbolize the cause.   Throughout the month of October you will notice areas that…

Culturally-Specific Victim Services Collaborations
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Culturally-Specific Victim Services Collaborations

Recent events have highlighted the prevalence of police brutality, the trauma of COVID-19 illness and resulting deaths which are disproportionately affecting people and communities of color. In response to this, Helping Services has stated that now and always, Black Lives Matter.  We are always seeking ways where we work with communities of color in order…

Transitional Housing Program
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Transitional Housing Program

Helping Services’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center’s Crossroads Transitional Housing Program assists survivors to obtain safe housing and empowers them in order to grow and obtain self-sufficiency. Through the transitional housing program, trained advocates are able to assist seven survivors and their children for up to two years. Before survivors are approved in the program, they…

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Domestic Abuse Resource Center COVID-19 Response

As an agency we continue to seek ways to better respond to survivors and needs within our community particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, our Domestic Abuse Resource Center (DARC) applied and received a grant from the CARES Act passed by congress in response to COVID-19. This grant focuses on three main areas:  Client needs…