Listening is Key

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It can be difficult for someone to understand why a victim would stay in a relationship that has become abusive. Domestic violence victims often feel shame and blame when the relationship becomes abusive because in reality, domestic violence is not a single episode and rarely does the abuse begin with physical violence. Abuse is much subtler and slower to escalate, usually beginning with verbal attacks, isolation and controlling behaviors.

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What Were you Wearing?

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The next time you are tempted to ask what someone was wearing when they were raped, instead ask whether or not consent was given.

To assist in the visualization of this message, Hands of Hope has partnered with 11 different organizations for this critical campaign.

Nationally, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and locally, Hands of Hope wants people to realize the importance of consent in relationships.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

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Many women have made huge strides in achieving gender equality and overcoming barriers when it comes to violence against women.

Today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day, a global holiday celebrated annually to commemorate the achievements of women all over the world.

As part of this important day, we celebrate and focus on the achievements of women, past and present, who have made an impact on violence against women. Domestic violence is a very gendered health issue. On a global scale, about ...

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Youth Matter

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“Will I be drafted?” This is the question that is ringing in the ears of parents with children of military draft age as Russia continues its war to occupy Ukraine.  Our young adults are feeling unsure about what this foreign aggression means for them.  This can add to feelings of anxiety already felt by our youth as they navigate political vitriol, hate speech, global warming, social media messaging and the traditional challenges of growing from children to adults.

So, what can ...

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Celebrating Milestones

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Already this morning, I’ve been to the pool with my bestie and retread my lips solving all of life’s problems; I’m a solid cup of coffee into my morning and feeling fantastic!  Over the weekend we moved our two adult children into an apartment in Indianapolis and our youngest is now basking in the glow of being “the only child.”  The youngest has already made a plan to take over her brother’s room and turn her own room into a ...

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Airtag Stalking

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I want to inform you of a rising issue: Airtag stalking.

The Apple Airtag is a coin sized device that can help locate personal items that rolled out last year. While these devices were created with the intention of finding lost items, they are now frequently being used by stalkers to track the location of people.

The Airtags seem to be most often hidden in cars to track a person’s location. If an Airtag has been separated from its owner ...

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New Year! New…Org?

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Well, 2022 certainly started with a BANG!  On Friday, January 21st, Family Service Society, Inc. and Grant Blackford Mental Health, Inc. jointly announced our strategic partnership to the community that we’ve been actively working toward for over a year.  This is such an extraordinary milestone to have met along our journey to fully implementing our vision of a unified team advancing mental wellness in Grant County and beyond.

GBMH and FSSI have been working closely with an independent consultant over the ...

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A Good Life

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I grew up in Nebraska during a time when our state slogan was “Nebraska…The Good Life.”  No matter where you went, you would see this slogan on billboards and smattered around on a variety of tchotchkes and pamphlets intended to remind locals and visitors alike that a good life could be had by all in our great state.

It wasn’t until adulthood that I really started to question what makes up “a good life?”  And to be ...

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The Power of a Friend

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I’ve just returned home from the Grant County YMCA after doing 45 minutes in the pool with one on my friends.  We get up at an hour that is usually reserved for emergency services, shift workers and bakers and take ourselves to the local pool to work out our aging joints—oh, and our mouths.  We talk and laugh and share advice as we stretch, walk and swim through our workout.

I’ve traditionally been a more solo exercise individual—until now.  I am ...

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