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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Creating a Community of Safety

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Last week I was in the chiropractor’s office hoping for some headache relief after a quick crack of the neck.  As I waited my turn in the waiting area, a young woman signed in and sat down.  The woman who entered the facility immediately after her signed in and came to sit across from her in a chair.  She asked the first woman, “Does he get mad like that a lot?  He was really mean towards ...

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When You Know Better, You Do Better

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A signature statement throughout all of Family Service Society is “when you know better, you do better.”  This is how we challenge ourselves to always be learning and improving.  Our continuous improvement path leads us to seek the best possible solutions for clients including those from Hands of Hope who are domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault victims and survivors.  Five years ago we set out to learn more about how to better serve this population as we could see ...

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Hope Starts With Me

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Hope Starts With Me. That is the campaign theme for Hands of Hope this October as we focus on breaking the cycle of domestic violence. It is so incredibly important in this time of uncertainty and often time’s chaos, that we provide a sense of hope.

When we provide hope for someone living in a world of violence, we can begin to show them there is another way. There is the ability to not be physically, sexually, emotionally, verbally, financially or ...

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No One Deserves to be Abused- We Serve Male Victims Too

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No one deserves to be abused – that means NO ONE. And if you are a victim, no matter if you are a MAN or a WOMAN, Hands of Hope, a division of Family Service Society, Inc. has a safe place for you.
The Flannery-Keal Home, a program of Hands of Hope, a division of Family Service Society, Inc. is a safe, temporary, confidential place for both MEN AND WOMEN who are, or who have experienced any form of domestic ...

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Changing Norms

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I recently had a conversation with someone who has smoked for more than 30 years and has decided to quit.

Her reasoning while in part is financial; it was her comment about societal change that I am choosing to focus on.

She shared how when she began smoking it was acceptable. It was the norm. She was young, she said, and didn’t know the harm it was inflicting about her children. She smoked in her car. She smoked in her house.

Even when ...

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When You Witness Violence: Be an Active Bystander

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I lived most of my adult life near Chicago. One day when I was sitting at a red light, I glanced into my rear view mirror. I was shocked to see a man hitting a woman with his fists in the car right behind me.

As I turned left, I pulled into the median so I could follow the man who was fighting the woman in his car. They pulled into a near-by mall parking lot and I followed them.

I dialed ...

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Candlelight Vigil Spreads Message of Hope and Survival

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candle-1466568-640x480A message of hope and survival is the theme for this year’s Hands of Hope Candlelight Vigil, scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15 at St. James Lutheran Church, 1206 N. Miller Ave., Marion.

This year’s guest speaker is Marti MacGibbon, CADC-II, ACRPS, CAPMS, an inspirational speaker, standup comic, certified addiction treatment professional, and author of the nationally award winning memoir, Never Give in ...

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When Domestic Violence Hit Home

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Domestic violence hit home for me Saturday night – literally. I had just left a fundraiser at St. James Lutheran Church for Hands of Hope, when I rounded the corner a block away from home.

In shock and utter disbelief I saw out of the corner of my eye what appeared to be a hulking man with bulging arm muscles literally pulling a woman out of an apartment, holding her and punching her as she struggled to get away.

My ...

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In Loving Memory Car, Motorcycle and Truck Show Benefits Hands of Hope

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For the past five years, Hands of Hope has been the direct beneficiary of money raised by the Hines family in memory of their loved ones who were tragically murdered in 2009 at the hands of an abuser.

I have been in awe of the time and commitment this family has made to change things in Wabash County around domestic violence. This year, as I sat and listened to Jonny Hines whose mother and sister were murdered by his ...

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