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Find a safe way to use the internet by accessing a safe computer. Even if you take cautionary steps such as using an email that your abuser cannot access or deleting stored information from your web browser, your abuser may be able to see what web sites you have been visiting and emails you have been sending.
The Official Hope Center Blog
When the police come out to a domestic call, it’s a chaotic time. The person who made the call is often traumatized and scared and hurting, and even the most helpful visit from police can leave the person rattled and trying to think of answers to hundreds of questions. What’s going to happen next with the police and courts? Am I going to get kicked out of my apartment because of the police call? What steps can I take to stay safe now? What about the kids? Am I going to have to take off work to go to court now? What decisions do I need to be making?
At the HOPE Center, we help people answer those questions. We know how the court systems work, and we know about other resources in the community that can help at times like this. We give support and encouragement to survivors as they work through many other details and questions, knowing that each survivor knows better than anyone else what will be helpful to her own situation.
We’ve always been answering these questions, but now, thanks to our new Blueprint Program Law Enforcement puts us in touch with survivors of domestic violence before they leave the scene of a domestic – any time day or night. Then our trained advocates can offer support and information at a time when it might be needed the most.
The Faribault Police Department, the Northfield Police Department or the Rice County Sherriff’s Department are all involved with this program. They call one of our trained advocates as they are leaving the scene so we can be available to talk through a survivors’ options even after the police are gone.
Although we are grateful to work with Law Enforcement in this way, we are still independent of them and the court system. Our services are confidential, which means that we don’t report information back to the system unless our client (the survivor) asks us to do that. As always, we are there for survivors first and foremost.
Still, we have found during the first several months of this program, that this new approach has helped survivors communicate better with the police and the court system. Sometimes in the chaos of the police call, important information about a situation doesn’t get passed along. We can recognize that during our conversation with a survivor and help her take the steps she needs to take to communicate with the system. In our experience, we’ve seen survivors being more active in the criminal justice system since we started talking with them as the police leave.
Not all survivors feel like they can work closely with the system, and prosecution sometimes goes ahead without that participation because the state (not the victim) decides whether to press charges in cases of domestic violence. We still work with all survivors, accompanying them through the process and helping them understand what each step means. We are always here to offer support and help with problem solving.
We are so excited about our new collaboration with Law Enforcement and look forward to seeing how it can help ease the pain of domestic violence in Rice County over time.
Written by HOPE Center Volunteer Elizabeth O’Sullivan
You can find more of her writing on her website: http://auntieanniesfields.com
The 6th Annual Give to the Max Day is coming!
Avoid the GTMD rush, you can schedule your donation early so you know you won’t forget!
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Rape … it can happen anytime, any place. It does not only happen to women, but also to men and children. Rape should not be just a “woman’s issue,” but an issue that our community as a whole needs to address and demand that it will no longer be silenced.
In a recent article it was stated that there has been four sexual assaults reported to Faribault law enforcement since January 2011. HOPE Center has worked with 22 victim/survivors of sexual assault since January 2011. These clients were informed what their options/rights are, may have been placed in safe housing, perhaps assisted in writing an Order for Protection/Harassment Restraining Order, given support during an evidentiary exam, and/or given emotional support.
Read more here.Posted in General, Sexual Violence | 2 Comments
Join us this Saturday from 11-3 as the ACT Center and Carleton Students help clean up Northfield!
The 2nd Annual Scrub for HOPE Car Wash will be in the Econofoods Parking lot at 601 Division Street.
You bring your car they wash that, and your $10 donation will help clean your conscience knowing you helped support a great organization :).
Everybody walks away clean and happy!
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News from the Northfield Community Initiative…
Don’t forget! This Thursday (May 19, 2011) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., behavioral expert and parent educator Kirk Martin and his son will be coming to Northfield. Their workshop is titled, “Ready to Be A Courageous Parent? Stop Defiance, Yelling & Power Struggles.”
This practical, humorous, and life-changing workshop will be held at the Northfield High School Auditorium (1400 Division St. S.). The event is FREE and open to the public.
Kirk’s advice is designed to provide parents and educators with practical tools that can be used to sidestep power struggles and improve behavior and focus of a child at home and school.
Please don’t miss this wonderful opportunity, made possible by a coalition of local community groups. For more information about Kirk and his work, please visit: www.celebratecalm.com.
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The Sons of the American Legion
are hosting an Omelet Breakfast
for the benefit of HOPE Center.
Sunday May 15th
112 NE 5th St. Faribault
8:30am – Noon
$7 adults ~ $3.50 for kids 12 and under
Buy your tickets at HOPE Center or at the Door
We HOPE to see you there!!
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As you know we depend on funding from many sources, one of our much appreciated sources is the United Ways of Faribault and Northfield. Today (Friday April 29th) the United Way of Faribault is having a fundraiser.
Good food, good cause what could be better?
Today the Schwan’s Frozen Food Truck is in the United Way of Faribault parking lot (24 W. Division St.) until 6:30pm. Stop by and shop from the truck to help raise money for United Way.Posted in Collaborative Efforts, Fundraising, General | Leave a comment
By Sara Hart, Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator
To many people April is just another month of the year, but Nationally April is recognized and declared Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is a time for us as a community to raise our voices and “Demand a Change, Change of Heart.” It is a time to raise awareness about these two very important issues that DO occur in our community to children, women and men.
1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually assaulted by the age of 18. Every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted according to the 2007 National Crime Victimization Survey. To put this in perspective, think of 3 close females and/or 6 close males. One of those females and/or males is more then likely a victim/survivor of sexual assault. As a community we can “Demand a Change, Change of Heart” by speaking to our friends and family members. Break the silence.
I am asked many times throughout the year, “What can I do?” Accept the fact that Sexual Assault and Child Abuse does occur in our community. Speak out about it, educate family and friends, talk to your children about their bodies and what a “safe” and “unsafe” touch is. Who can your child, sibling, niece/nephew tell if someone has touched them inappropriately. Lastly, always believe when someone tells you that they are being or have been sexually or physically assaulted.
April 7, 2011 has been designated as “Wear Blue and Teal Day.” By wearing the colors teal and blue or a ribbon you are showing your support for victim/survivors of Child Abuse and Sexual Assault. You are making a statement that there is no place in our community for Sexual assault and Child Abuse. You are “Demanding a Change, Change of Heart!”
For more information click here.Posted in General | Leave a comment
There has been a lot of news about HOPE Center in the Daily News recently here are some of the links to stay updated on the most current events!
An upcoming event for HOPE Center and the Community Action Team to help Protect Youth click here. for more information.
A celebration of a recent MN Supreme Court decision that HOPE Center is excited about- click here.
One in 10 Rice County residents aren’t getting enough food click here to find out more.Posted in Collaborative Efforts, Domestic Violence, General, Presentation, Sexual Violence | Leave a comment
On March 1, a level three sex offender is moving to Faribault.
A community notification meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday night (February 23rd) at the Faribault Police Department to answer questions and address any concerns.