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26th of February 2014

Teen Dating Violence: What does it look like?

Teen relationships may differ from adult relationships but that doesn’t mean that teens don’t experience the same types of physical (hitting, pinching, biting, shoving, etc.), verbal (threats, insults, put downs, name calling, etc.), sexual (restricting birth control, inability to control one’s sexual activity, etc.), and emotional abuse (humiliation, isolation, stalking or monitoring, etc.) that adults do. Any…

28th of January 2014

Achieving Safety and Independence

When a woman comes into shelter, her immediate safety is the first priority. Once safety is established, she can begin to work with Women’s Center & Shelter (WC&S) staff to get back on her feet. Through a network of more than 100 collaborative partners, WC&S staff works to connect clients to community resources that can…

31st of December 2013

Abuse Can Ruin the Holidays: How to Find Some Peace

During the holidays the entire world seems to be at peace. Smiles shine brightly, laughter floats through the air and a sense of purity and newness permeate every moment. That is, unless you are a victim of abuse—in which case each decoration, carol, or treat can feel like a heavy burden. I remember talking to…

3rd of December 2013

The Mother-Child Bond..

Many women who come to Women’s Center & Shelter are here with their children. Whether they are staying in the emergency shelter or attending support groups while their children are in the Children’s Program–the mother-child relationship is an important one. With the holiday season here, WC&S hosts our Adopt-A-Family program. This program strives to make…

27th of September 2013

Experiencing a day in the life of a shelter resident..

In the fiscal year 2012-2013, 471 women and children stayed in our shelter for a combined total of 14,439 nights. The average length of stay is 39 days. Here is one woman’s story… It’s been about 10 days since I came to Women’s Center & Shelter for the second time. I can remember the initial…

27th of August 2013

Supporting Children Who Have Been Exposed To Violence…

Every child needs stability, affection and proper nutrition to survive and even thrive. When any of these are disrupted, children are likely to display behaviors in response. While you, as a person outside of the child’s home, may not be able to change the individual circumstances the child is encountering, there are still measures you…

30th of July 2013

Children Exposed to Violence

When Children are Exposed to Violence… Children exposed to trauma can display a range of challenging behaviors, for many reasons (both biological and environmental in origin). From the time children enter this world, and continuing throughout their development, they are taking in and being influenced by their surroundings. These surroundings will go on to affect…

26th of February 2013

Your Next Relationship: Loving Again After Intimate Partner Violence

It can be scary to think of dating again after leaving a relationship that was abusive. Fear of being in the same situation again, questioning ones’ judgment, and wondering if there is a way you can tell if a partner is abusive early on are all common stresses. It is always best to be as…

29th of January 2013

After the Abuse: How to begin to heal, what to expect and where to turn for support.

There can be a rainbow after a storm… Leaving an abusive relationship can be emotionally and physically draining, which can be very difficult to deal with all at once. Many survivors have stated that even after leaving the relationship, they are still left with residual emotional effects that can take just as much work and effort as leaving…

19th of December 2012

Court Ordered Support Groups

When someone is in a domestic abuse situation, they are confronted with several issues related to their safety and emotional well-being. Victims of abuse often do not know where to turn for help, as well as the different ways to try to stay safe from the abuser. Sometimes it may only feel possible to try…