During these uncertain times during the Covid-19 Health Pandemic, we are still here, ready and willing to support survivors of Domestic Violence.

For October Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Peggy Shea interviews and celebrates the strengths of a survivor of domestic violence in Northeast Iowa.

Advocate Kristi Vreeman interviews Sheriff Dan Marx of Winneshiek County. Helping Services For Youth & Families has worked closely with Winneshiek County law enforcement for many years. The long-established relationship assures a unified approach to providing services to survivors.

For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Terrishane Mathews interviews Katie Henningess from Families First Counseling Services in Northeast Iowa.

Helping Services (Advocate Brittany McIntyre) teams up with Luther College in Decorah, Iowa to serve students who are survivors of domestic abuse and have experienced dating violence. Kasey Nikkel, Title IX Coordinator, from Luther College talks about the program and the benefits of working with Helping Services.

For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Kathleen Davis interviews Marilyn Southard, a trauma-informed therapist who offers services in Decorah, Iowa and surrounding communities.

Domestic violence is an intense, confusing, and complicated situation for both victims and those who want to help. With our volunteers, we want to make sure they get the background information and skill they need to best serve a victim of violence. This type of training and support is ongoing, because every scenario and person has unique needs and concerns.

In this interview, the Director of the Resource Center, Kathleen Davis, talks about her start with Helping Services as a legal advocate, the struggles serving a rural area in northeast Iowa, and the services they provide to clients. Over the last year, advocates have assisted 294 clients and answered 1, 160 crisis calls.