Wing Haven: A New Resource for Domestic Violence Victims

domestic-violence.jpgThe statistics (click here) are both surprising and horrific. For example, 1 in 4 women is physically abused and this abuse occurs across every socio-economic class. It’s very common. It’s increasing. Pregnant women are at risk. It affects a lot of children.

Most folks respond to domestic violence in one of three ways: (1) Ignore it because it’s not hitting close to home, (2) desperately look for a place to turn for help because it’s a reality, and (3) look around for ways they can help. I want to address the third category. Maybe you would be moved to help a new work get activated.

Carol Bauman and Sarah McOwen met with me recently to tell me about their work in progress. They are literally building a unique place for victims to go called Wing Haven. This program will provide (a) airfare to a safe, remote, confidential site, (b) on-site counseling for women and children, (c) opportunities to learn new hobbies and participate in activities, and (d) on-site career counseling and workshops on job skill development and goal setting. They need financial help as well as volunteer help. Check out their web site and view the slides and, if you feel moved, give them your support.

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2 Responses to Wing Haven: A New Resource for Domestic Violence Victims

  1. leejagers says:

    I just opened this interesting e-mail and want to attach it to this post and this topic:

    NathanielSmithCounselor.com
    May 2, 2008
    Volume 1, ISSUE 1

    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence effects are seen in all areas of health care and the legal system. All of these professions have a role to play in detecting and supporting victims and offenders. Statistics in 2006 presented by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Council on Family Violence bring the effects to light: 186,868 family violence incidents occurred, 120 women were killed by their intimate partner, and 12,356 adults and 16,968 children received shelter from abusive relationships.

    For more information please contact Nathaniel Smith at (214) 205-0237
    or on the web at http://www.nathanielsmithcounselor.com.

    ——————————————————————————–

    How can you make a difference?
    · Volunteer your time to local shelters around the Dallas community.

    · Educate victims about resourcesavailable: National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233), Local Shelters, Police Departments, and Legal Support.

    · No matter what the presenting problem is, always explore the possibility of violence.

    · Look for behavioral indicators of abuse such as: reluctance to speak or disagree with other partner, irrational jealousy, denial or minimizing violence, self-blame for other’s violence, etc.

    · Educate individuals that commit violence to seek out Battering Intervention and Prevention Programs.

    · Educate individuals that commit violence about the role that power/control, coercion, threats, economic manipulation, male/female privilege, intimidation, emotional abuse, isolation, minimizing, denying, blaming, and substance addiction play in violent relationships.

    · Help offenders understand the impact of violence on their children and the possibility of teaching them that violence is a normal way of life.

    — jlj

  2. leejagers says:

    I just opened this interesting e-mail and want to attach it to this post and this topic:

    NathanielSmithCounselor.com
    May 2, 2008
    Volume 1, ISSUE 1

    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence effects are seen in all areas of health care and the legal system. All of these professions have a role to play in detecting and supporting victims and offenders. Statistics in 2006 presented by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Council on Family Violence bring the effects to light: 186,868 family violence incidents occurred, 120 women were killed by their intimate partner, and 12,356 adults and 16,968 children received shelter from abusive relationships.

    For more information please contact Nathaniel Smith at (214) 205-0237
    or on the web at http://www.nathanielsmithcounselor.com.

    ——————————————————————————–

    How can you make a difference?
    · Volunteer your time to local shelters around the Dallas community.

    · Educate victims about resourcesavailable: National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233), Local Shelters, Police Departments, and Legal Support.

    · No matter what the presenting problem is, always explore the possibility of violence.

    · Look for behavioral indicators of abuse such as: reluctance to speak or disagree with other partner, irrational jealousy, denial or minimizing violence, self-blame for other’s violence, etc.

    · Educate individuals that commit violence to seek out Battering Intervention and Prevention Programs.

    · Educate individuals that commit violence about the role that power/control, coercion, threats, economic manipulation, male/female privilege, intimidation, emotional abuse, isolation, minimizing, denying, blaming, and substance addiction play in violent relationships.

    · Help offenders understand the impact of violence on their children and the possibility of teaching them that violence is a normal way of life.

    — jlj

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