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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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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What Were You Wearing?

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We need to stop asking a victim of sexual assault, “What Were You Wearing?” and instead ask “How can I help you recover?”

This month members of the Grant County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) have strategically placed outfits and messaging from actual survivors at various locations across Grant and Wabash counties. The SART includes representatives from Marion Police Department, Marion General Hospital, Grant County Sheriff’s Department, Hands of Hope/Family Service Society, Inc. and Grant County Prosecutor’s Office

April is sexual assault ...

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Know your Worth

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Know your worth. A simple statement that has powerful implications, especially for teens navigating relationships.

All deserve to have these basic components in all relationships: respect, equality, honesty, trust, communication, boundaries and consent. If one of these are missing, more than likely you are not in a healthy relationship and your worth is not being valued.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a time to really focus on teaching and modeling respectful behaviors in relationships so as teens begin dating they ...

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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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Embracing Hope

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HOPE – a very powerful four-letter word that I try my best to daily embrace.

And a word I would encourage each of you to also find a way to incorporate in each of your daily lives. I personally find hope most often in my conversations with God – not formal prayers always, sometimes just a quick comment when I am feeling down or stressed.

In every one of 2,000 published studies on the science of hope, Casey Gwinn, Alliance for Hope ...

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Auto-Owners Insurance gave a generous donation to Hands of Hope

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Auto-Owners Insurance is celebrating the company’s 100 years in business in an impactful way donating various hygiene and food items to the Flannery-Keal Home earlier this year and recently presenting Hands of Hope with a $2,000 check for its operations.

On Monday morning, August 8th, members of Auto-Owners Insurance stopped by Family Service Society, Inc. to present the check personally to Lisa Dominisse, CEO of Family Service Society, Inc. and Linda Wilk, Hands of Hope Director .

“ We are thrilled to ...

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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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