<![CDATA[Beacon of Hope Crisis Center - Blog]]>Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:37:15 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[#HandsUnite to End Dating Violence]]>Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:44:21 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/handsunite-to-end-dating-violenceBy Savannah Tipton

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month – a time dedicated to efforts that support teens and young adults as they navigate unhealthy relationships. While dating abuse may look different in each relationship, researchers have found early warning signs that everyone should be aware of (listed below). Help us educate the community and raise awareness of dating violence by making a donation today. Education is key to preventing future dating violence among teens and young adults in our community.
Warning Signs of Teen Dating Violence*
  • Excessive jealousy
  • Constant checking in on activities or whereabouts
  • Isolation from friends, family, or social groups
  • Insults and name calling
  • History of bad prior relationships
  • Controlling behaviors
  • Pressure to make the relationship serious quickly
  • Belief in strong stereotypical gender roles
If you identify several warning signs in your own life or in a loved one’s life, there may be an increased likelihood that the relationship will become violent. Reach out to a victim advocate to learn more about the resources in your area. Advocates are available Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm when you call our Crisis Line (317) 731-6140.

<![CDATA[Beacon Of Hope’s New Team Member: Echo]]>Fri, 02 Feb 2018 01:00:00 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/beacon-of-hopes-new-team-member-echoBy:  Lydia Wood, Victim Advocate and Trauma Therapy Dog Handler
It was not my intent upon adopting Echo that he become a therapy dog, but as I grew to know him more it felt like something he needed to do. The healing power of dogs, I think, has many levels. The foundation being that dogs just are. They’re with you in the moment, no matter how uncomfortable. You don’t have to question their motives or if they really love you. You don’t have to wonder if what they’re doing is genuine or not. They don’t get caught up in their own thoughts, opinions, or judgements. They’re pure, and with the struggle of waking up and living in a world with people who may not be exactly how they seem, it’s refreshing to be around a dog who just is.

A therapy dog’s job is to provide comfort where they go. Their very presence is enough to help most people feel more relaxed and taken care of. Echo, however, adds a bit of a deeper level than many therapy dogs I’ve encountered. Soon after I adopted Echo, I realized his whining didn’t coincide with situations that made him anxious, but with when the people around him felt bad. And not only did he mirror one’s emotions, he sought to comfort the people whose energy he was feeding off of. It was with this realization that I decided to name him “Echo,” on account of him echoing the energy of the people around him.

Having trained dogs for several years, I knew the simple fact that he reacted to changes in emotions wasn’t completely uncommon. What stuck out to me about Echo was that he knew how you felt, felt it with you, and tried to make you feel better. He didn’t just soak up your emotions, he empathized with them. That caring, and empathy isn’t something that can be trained into a dog.

As a victim is navigating the heart breaking and traumatic dynamic of an abusive relationship, or dealing with the aftermath of sexual assault, Echo’s tenderness and genuine presence can add a peace and clarity of mind that may have been otherwise impossible in the complicated world of human interaction.  He’ll be there with the victims we advocate for, through the good and the bad, and hopes for nothing in return.
<![CDATA[A Trauma Therapy Dog And A Large Donation From Bob's Discount Furniture]]>Thu, 25 Jan 2018 12:00:00 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/a-trauma-therapy-dog-and-a-large-donation-from-bobs-discount-furnitureNEWS RELEASE
Beacon of Hope Crisis Center Adds A Trauma Therapy Dog And Receives Large Donation From Bob’s Discount Furniture
Exciting start to 2018 with additions of comfort for victims of crime receiving services from Beacon of Hope 
(INDIANAPOLIS, IN—January 25, 2018)—This brand new exciting year of 2018 kicks off for Beacon of Hope Crisis Center (BOHCC) with new additions to the team which includes Echo and his handler Lydia.  Comfort abounds to assist with healing at this local agency serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault here in Central Indiana. Lydia and Echo joined the team on January 1st, Lydia is a Victim Advocate and Echo’s Trauma Therapy Dog Handler. She is getting her masters in psychology and has experience training service dogs for victims suffering from post-traumatic stress.
“We are thrilled to add Echo, a trauma therapy dog, and his handler Lydia to our team and touched by the generosity of our corporate partners, Bob’s Discount Furniture. Thanks to their large donation we now have waiting, counseling and meeting room furniture to make those we are serving comfortable while dealing with their traumatic struggles. And adding Echo to our team helps victims dealing with the traumatic dynamics of an abusive relationship or the aftermath of sexual assault.” said Sandra Ziebold, CEO / Executive Director at Beacon of Hope Crisis Center.
"One of our main goals as a company is to give back to the community, so we are honored to provide new furniture for the Beacon of Hope Crisis Center to ensure they are well equipped to serve their growing number of clients," said Cathy Poulin, Director of Outreach and Public Relations at Bob's Discount Furniture.

Echo knows how you feel, feels it with you, and tries to make you feel better. He doesn’t just soak up your emotions, he empathizes with them. This caring and empathy isn’t something that can be trained into a dog, but this innate gift is what makes Echo an exceptional trauma therapy dog. Echo’s tenderness and genuine presence adds a peace and clarity of mind. He helps the victims we advocate for, through the good and the bad, and hopes for nothing in return. 
BOHCC served 904 victims of domestic violence and sexual assault this past year, the agencies 2017 annual report is available on their website.  The complexity of cases they are managing and the increase in demand for their services continues to grow.  BOHCC advocacy services are desperately needed 24/7.  BOHCC serves victims in Central Indiana and has advocacy partnerships with local police departments serving victims of crime. In 2018 BOHCC hopes to increase major donor support to help them be able to operate 24/7 and add language services. You can help, learn more and donate now at beaconofhopeindy.org.

About Bob’s Discount Furniture
Bob’s Discount Furniture provides quality furniture at every day low prices. With furniture stores located across the United States, the Manchester, Connecticut based company has become the 12th-largest U.S. furniture chain. Bob’s is committed to the communities they serve through a variety of charitable giving efforts. Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation provides organizations and individuals with over $2.75 million in donations yearly. For more information on Bob's charitable programs, follow Bob’s on Twitter @MyBobs and on our LinkedIn Company Page, and subscribe to Bob’s on YouTube.

About Beacon of Hope Crisis Center 501(c)3

Beacon of Hope Crisis Center a Christ-centered organization empowering victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to become self-sufficient by providing safety, support and education. Since 2009 Beacon of Hope, through its Crisis Intervention, Victim Advocacy, Counseling, "Teen Talk" Outreach and Education, Criminal Justice, Economic Sustainability and Foster Pet Programs has offered victims of domestic violence assistance in overcoming barriers that hold them in abusive situations. Beacon of Hope is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Indianapolis, Indiana.  More information about Beacon of Hope can be found at beaconofhopeindy.org.
BOHCC Blog:  beaconofhopeindy.org/blog
Twitter: @bohindyorg 
Facebook: @Beaconofhopeindy
Instagram: @beacon.of.hope.indy
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January 25, 2018
Sandra K. Ziebold, CEO / Executive Director
Beacon of Hope Crisis Center
317 731 6131
<![CDATA[#WeWearBlueBecause]]>Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:30:00 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/wewearbluebecauseBy: Merideth Bush
I shouldn’t have been so surprised.

After all, I wasn’t new to the field of human trafficking. In graduate school, I conducted presentations on human trafficking on a regular basis, researching cases around the world- including the United States. I interned with the Indiana Office of the Attorney General, where I traveled around the state conducting Human Trafficking 101 training's for service providers, so they could recognize the warning signs. Everywhere I went I cautioned people, “This crime isn’t just an international problem, it happens everywhere- right in our backyards!”

So, you would think I would have been prepared.

But even I was blind-sided when news broke in October 2016 of a sex trafficking bust in MY backyard.* IMPD had apprehended sex traffickers in my hometown, on a street I knew well just minutes away from my childhood home. Suddenly, human trafficking wasn’t just a research field anymore. It was personal.

Whether they are knowledgeable about human trafficking or not, many Hoosiers still have the mindset I had before that story broke. They may hear about human trafficking in the news on occasion, but they still consider it to be a problem in someone else’s neighborhood. It’s not something that happens in their hometown. It’s not something that they can help prevent.

Today, on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, #WeWearBlueBecause we want to challenge that perception. #WeWearBlueBecause as a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center, we recognize that sex trafficking is one of the most heinous forms of sexual assault that Indiana faces, affecting Hoosiers as young as seven years old. #WeWearBlueBecause we are here to do something about it.
Beacon of Hope is dedicated to organizing prevention efforts and providing exceptional advocacy to victims of all sexual assault, including sex trafficking.

January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, so for the next few weeks we will conduct a blog series outlining what human trafficking is, what it looks like in Indiana, and how Beacon of Hope is involved in this fight.
Be sure to check back next week for our second blog in the series, where you will learn what human trafficking is, what it looks like in Indiana, and what you can do about it!
<![CDATA[Happy New Year 2018]]>Tue, 02 Jan 2018 00:30:00 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/happy-new-year-2018By The Beacon of Hope Team
Happy New Year 2018
The Beacon Of Hope Team Would Like To Wish Everyone A Safe And Happy New Year!
<![CDATA[Being A Friend In A Time Of Crisis]]>Thu, 21 Dec 2017 23:30:00 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/being-a-friend-in-a-time-of-crisisBy:  Katie Foley
If you’ve noticed that someone you love has been abused or is currently facing abuse from their partner, don’t be alarmed if they come to you and ask for help. While it may be extremely overwhelming to figure out what to do, we’ve created a list of things to keep in mind if this happens.
Be Smart – Show your support by listening and respecting the survivor’s needs. Be smart and remember that this is a dangerous time and your friend may be feeling scared and alone. Assist them by connecting them to community resources or a local victim advocate.
Talk More – The only person that can truly tell you what’s going on and how they feel is THAT person. Helping a survivor is crucial for their recovery, but you need to have effective communication to best understand their needs emotionally, physically, and mentally. Sometimes asking, “What can I do?” is more than enough.
Safety First - Having a safety plan is crucial in situations involving domestic violence. After talking with a loved one or friend affected by abuse, take the next step by creating a safety plan with the help of a victim advocate. Safety planning includes tips and strategies to keep the victim and those they love safe while preparing for the worst-case scenario.
Take Care – Remember, through helping others, that you need boundaries too. Helping a friend affected by domestic violence can be emotionally and mentally draining. While you want to help, you will also be taking on a lot of heartbreak, as you hear what has been happening behind scenes. Make sure you’re practicing self-care by resting, eating, and staying alert – as you need to be in the best shape for yourself and loved one.
If you know of someone experiencing domestic violence and you want to help but don’t know how or if you’ve already helped, but want to give him or her more resources – call our crisis hotline Monday through Friday 8:30am - 4:30 pm at (317) 731-6140.
<![CDATA[How To Ask For Help]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:30:00 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/how-to-ask-for-helpBy:  Katie Foley
Victim advocates at Beacon of Hope Crisis Center understand that asking for help can be difficult. Even the smallest things like needing a few extra dollars to buy food or a ride to an appointment can bring anxiety and guilt. Despite these challenges we encourage you to reach out and ask for help.
While asking for help in situations such as sexual assault and/or domestic violence can be scary, victim advocates can help you find the resources and assistance you need to get safe, stay safe and ultimately truly begin to feel safe.
Domestic violence and sexual assault can happen to anyone – young or old, rich or poor, and from any ethnic or religious background. You may be experiencing different forms of abuse and we, at Beacon of Hope, want to encourage you to take that first step and call.
We know that it can be difficult to talk about your situation, especially if you’re afraid, but we want to help. We offer a Crisis Call Center for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault seeking help from current and past traumas. Our advocates will listen, assist with safety planning, let you know what all is available for you to break free, and give you the help that you need.
By taking the step and making that phone call today, you can receive counseling, referrals to shelters and housing assistance, court advocacy, and life training skills to get back on your feet.
We’re here for you and if needing to talk, call our Crisis Call Line Monday-Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm at: (317) 731-6140.
<![CDATA[Speak Up And Act]]>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/speak-up-and-actBy Savannah Tipton
Everyone can take part in raising domestic violence awareness. Some efforts may take a large time commitment while others can be done in seconds. Take a second to show your support by sharing or retweeting information and resources. The simple act of clicking a button to share content may have a greater impact than you expect. That information could help someone identify domestic violence in their own life, with a friend, or with a family member. Posting about resources in your community may connect a victim to a service provider that can support them. Start sharing with a retweet.

Show your support for victims of domestic violence by finding the donation option that best fits you. Beacon of Hope has created a variety of ways for you to support victims. Become a member to make monthly donations or sign up for AmazonSmile and amazon will make a donation at NO COST to you. We also have sponsors, coin-up, and Kroger Community Rewards. To learn more, visit the donate tab on our website.

Take an active role in standing against domestic violence and sexual assault by volunteering with Beacon of Hope Crisis Center. Beacon of Hope creates individualized roles for interns and volunteers. We have a team of interns and volunteers that assist with social media, grant writing, event planning, our crisis call line, and our foster pet program. Apply today.

Your voice counts.
<![CDATA[5 Signs Your Loved One Is In An Abusive Relationship]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/5-signs-your-loved-one-is-in-an-abusive-relationshipBy Katie Foley
Life is full of unexpected changes and we often recognize those changes when it happens to those closest to us. What happens if you start noticing negative changes in a loved ones life? What are the signs of these changes?
Maybe you’ve noticed bruises on a friend or maybe they are constantly negative and showing you a significant change in their confidence. Maybe you’ve even noticed a change in their attitude or personality.
Their scarf collection is growing. They don’t laugh anymore. They are always checking their phone and letting their significant other know where they are.
While you thought they were always happy, you’re now beginning to question if something is wrong. Reality: domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone. Sometimes, though, problems are pushed under the table or even denied.
Noticing the signs of an abusive relationship can be the first step to ending it. If you immediately think of someone in your life that relates to the points below then we encourage you to take the first step and reach out. There is available help and no one should ever live in fear.

Change in habits
When someone becomes obsessive about updating their partner on their location or daily activities this may be a sign that something is wrong. Other changes in daily routine and habits may bring light to something more going on behind closed doors. For example, your sister used to always put on makeup, get manicures, and workout. Now, all she does is sulk around and seems to have lost self-confidence. It is possible those changes are the result of domestic violence.

Constantly on edge
Do they fear their partner all of the time? Do they try everything in their power to never make their partner angry? Are they always complaining of never doing anything right? If answering “yes,” then it is time to step in and help them realize that they aren’t helpless, but that they are worthy of help.

Physical wounds 
Bruises. Scratches. Black Eyes. Jammed Fingers. Lacerations.
Above are “obvious” giveaways of physical abuse. Realize that abusers are smart, so these wounds could possibly be in hidden places. Take notice and start asking questions.

They’re not communicating
While this may seem superficial, it’s important to start noticing how they are communicating is it via text, phone calls, and social media. If they no longer are on social media or even less active – you may have your first sign. If you also notice that your loved one has a “phone manager” and isn’t texting you as often or maybe isn’t even allowed to talk to certain people, then it might be time to talk.

Faking emotions
 “You’ll never find someone else that will love you.”
The lie above is a sign that your loved one is being manipulated to stay in a bad situation. If you are noticing that they are forcing smiles and laughs – then it could be time to take action. The more they are faking and lying, the more they will be manipulated to a point of serious abuse.
If you or a loved one are a victim of feeling these emotions – it’s time to take back your life. At Beacon of Hope Crisis Center, we are committed to breaking the cycle while empowering victims and survivors to take back their life. From providing emotional support to safety planning, let us be your advocate.
For more information, contact our hotline at: (317) 731-6140.
<![CDATA[Support Survivors On #GivingTuesday]]>Sat, 25 Nov 2017 18:37:10 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/support-survivors-on-givingtuesdayBy The Beacon of Hope Team
A Global Giving Movement - November 28, 2017
Please consider Beacon of Hope Crisis Center because domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Central Indiana need support from generous donors like you.
As the holiday season kicks off please don’t forget to participate in #GivingTuesday.

On November 28th people across the nation will be joining a movement of end-of-year-giving.  As you make your choice of where to place your support at the end of the year, get details about our agency on pages 18 and 19 in the Indiana Business Journal 2018 Giving Guide.

Please consider Beacon of Hope Crisis Center because domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Central Indiana need support from generous donors like you.

Beacon of Hope Crisis Center is kicking off #GivingTuesday with a challenge. We are asking YOU to donate a crisis bundle for a victim in need. Crisis bundles serve the immediate needs of victims after trauma. You can learn how to make a crisis bundle by visiting our blog. Get a group together and start making a difference today. If you are interested in helping victims receive crisis bundles each month sign up for an easy-give monthly membership.

Starting November 27th, donations can be dropped off at 6920 S. East St, Suite B Indianapolis, IN 46227. *Please call (317) 731-6131 before dropping off donations.
While you shop on Cyber Monday, please don’t forget to donate a portion of your purchase by choosing Beacon of Hope Crisis Center while shopping with Amazon Smile. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. Learn more by visiting our website.

We appreciate support from the community while we strive to provide services and resources to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Thank you!