Domestic Abuse Survivor Chat Line
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Domestic Abuse Survivor Chat Line

Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center has implemented a Domestic Abuse survivor chat line, which can be reached at HelpingServices.org/chat. There is also the option to call our 24/7 resource phone line at 800-383-2988,  but during the time of social distancing our advocates noticed a decline in calls. We responded by…

Domestic and Sexual Abuse Response Teams
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Domestic and Sexual Abuse Response Teams

Domestic violence advocates know the important role that law enforcement plays in responding to victims in these often dangerous situations. As first responders to calls of domestic violence and sexual abuse, much of the system’s ability to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable relies upon the initial response and investigations done by law enforcement…

Crisis Intervention Training at Luther College
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Crisis Intervention Training at Luther College

Every January we are fortunate to partner with the Luther College social work course, “Crisis Intervention”, and provide our Victim Counselor Training. This collaboration came about as a way to offer the participants firsthand experience with crisis intervention, through volunteering with a victim service agency.  While not all participants may pursue this volunteer opportunity, it…

The Giving Project Hits Record Numbers
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The Giving Project Hits Record Numbers

Over the holidays the Helping Services’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center (DARC) staff work with clients to identify the wants and needs for them and their children to have a wonderful holiday season through The Giving Project. The gift requests ranged from a car seat to nerf guns and everything in between. Clients are grateful that…

Domestic Abuse Community Partnerships
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Domestic Abuse Community Partnerships

Over the past three months we are grateful to our community for partnering with the Domestic Abuse Resource Center (DARC) to help raise awareness and funds to support survivors of domestic violence. Among many other generous donors, we would like  to thank PIVO Brewery, Blepta Studios, Reefuel, Pulpit Rock Brewery, and Upper Iowa University SAAC…

Increased Activity for Domestic Abuse Advocates
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Increased Activity for Domestic Abuse Advocates

Each year, the Domestic Abuse Resource Center team prepares for the warmer months as both the staff and volunteers know that calls to the resource line (800-383-2988) will be increasing. What is surprising is that the number of clients the advocates have assisted and the number of calls have continued to increase over the past…

Transitional Housing Training
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Transitional Housing Training

Kathleen Davis, Domestic Abuse Resource Center Director attended a training in Tucson, AZ last month. The National Network to End Domestic Violence hosted the training for transitional housing programs entitled, “Increasing Access to Transitional Housing”.  This training covered best practices for serving LGBTQ+ survivors and the many barriers they encounter. Kathleen shared, “I was honored…

Youth Preventing Dating Violence
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Youth Preventing Dating Violence

Dating violence advocate, Brittany McIntyre, and Bremer/Southern Fayette County advocate, Terrishane Mathews, have been providing dating violence prevention presentations to 8th grade students this past year. For some of the presentations, they have partnered with both Riverview Center and Friends of the Family. Along with dating violence, the students were able to learn about the…

You Can Help Unlock Matching Dollars
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You Can Help Unlock Matching Dollars

Thank you for all that responded to the appeal helping us unlock the $6,250.00 in matching dollars. 50 donors have stepped up to give over $5,200.00 towards Helping Services programs. We are close to unlocking all of the matching dollars and we can not thank you enough! Consider making a gift today to double your…