By Savannah Tipton
Domestic violence is present in all communities regardless of age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, or nationality. Despite its prevalence we still have a hard time talking about it. We cannot begin addressing the problem if we cannot have a conversation about it. What can you do? It’s simple, you can start by learning more about domestic violence today.
Domestic violence is a systematic pattern of power and control in any intimate relationship. Abuse can be physical, emotional/psychological, verbal, financial, spiritual, or sexual. There may be no physical marks that someone is abused and each situation is unique. Since the effects of domestic violence can be hidden, we need to stand together and speak up against domestic violence.
The cycle of abuse helps us to understand the patterns of domestic violence. It starts with tension building, a period that might include verbal abuse as the abuser becomes agitated or critical. That is followed by a violent outburst. After the outburst, the abuser is very apologetic and may ask for forgiveness. The cycle is not set on any designated time frame and can change over the course of a relationship. Understanding the cycle of abuse can help victims along with their families and friends identify abuse.
Victim Advocates at Beacon of Hope Crisis Center are here to help. If you are a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault Contact Us today to get help. If you are in a life-threatening situation, call 9-1-1 immediately.
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By Kristin Scrivens
Introducing Jess, a victim advocate on our criminal justice team! Jess works with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Jess earned her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University at IUPUI in Spanish and recently completed her Master’s degree in Social Science and Development Studies at Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her thesis for her Master’s program was studying violence against women in migrant communities and studying how non-government organizations provide services to women.
Jess loves being a victim advocate because she loves being able to provide emotional support to victims and helping them navigate the criminal justice court system. She’s passionate about being a steady voice during such a hard time in a victim’s life and being able to help them move forward.
Jess’s favorite service that Beacon of Hope offers is emergency financial assistance, when we have the funds available. She loves that it’s a tangible and quick way to make such a huge difference in someone’s life.
A fun fact about Jess is that she lived in Morocco for two and a half years serving in the Peace Corp. While she was there she worked in youth development and taught English and aerobics.
We love your fun spirit and high energy, Jess! Thanks for all you do!
By Savannah Tipton
Raising domestic violence awareness can be as unique as each survivor’s story. In a music video, Denise Latray performs an original song that shares her own story of domestic violence. She has reached thousands with her video and her efforts have not gone unnoticed.
Denise uses music to tell her own story as a coping mechanism. In her own words, “I've used a music video to somewhat paint a picture for my viewers.” If she could share one thing with survivors it would be as follows: “to stay encouraged, remain strong and continue to be a voice for the victims experiencing abuse.”
We are stronger when we stand together. Beacon of Hope Crisis Center stands by all survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Providing assistance to everyone that may be affected by domestic violence and sexual assault is one way we have committed to make a change in our community. Thank you for sharing your story Denise.
Disclaimer: Beacon of Hope Crisis Center assumes no responsibility, liability and no role in the information gathering practices or privacy policies of video content to which this video is linked. Beacon of Hope Crisis Center does not endorse or otherwise guarantee any materials linked to this video or video ad’s associated with this video. Beacon of Hope Crisis Center is not endorsing or promoting this video or any contents within it. We are simply sharing a survivor’s message about their personal story.
By Savannah Tipton
Are you listening to KLOVE 101.9 Indy? We are!
On top of enjoying 101.9's awesome positive music a K-LOVE Entertainment Bundle is the first of many items to be featured in an online auction hosted by Beacon of Hope Crisis Center. Starting TODAY, you can make a bid to win! Beacon of Hope Crisis Center is excited to announce this new fundraiser and great things are coming your way.
The K-LOVE Entertainment Bundle Includes four tickets to Chonda Pierce in Anderson: Getting Back to Funny Tour, four K-LOVE t-shirts, and four CDs all in a K-LOVE bag!
Don’t miss your chance to see the best-selling comedian Chonda Pierce. A stand-up comedian, television hostess, author and now actress, Pierce has channeled her life experiences into positivity, bringing laughter to audiences around the country. She has been making audiences laugh for more than two decades with her winning combination of fierce wit and southern charm. Your friends will thank you.
YOU can support a good cause from the comfort of your own home, start bidding!
By Savannah Tipton
Victim advocates at Beacon of Hope Crisis Center provide direct assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We offer programs to help victims complete safety planning, protective orders, employment assistance, and so much more. Safety planning is an important element in maintaining a secure environment as victims seek help and flee violent situations. With an active protective order, a victim advocate can help victims take extra measures to ensure their safety. For example, victim advocates can help victims of domestic violence break a lease in some cases. Ongoing community support and donations helps us provide these resources at no cost to the victims we work with.
“This week I had a client come in to make a safety plan, discuss their options moving forward, and how they were feeling. That very week, the victim’s former partner came into their work and tried to attack, but was stopped by their coworkers and chased off the property. Still visibly stressed and concerned for their safety, we at Beacon of Hope alleviated some of the stress by formulating a detailed safety plan to go along with the PO that was granted the day before. Armed with these documents, the victim talked to their landlord to get out of the lease with no penalties and was expected to return to work the next day.” - Victim Advocate, Beacon of Hope Crisis Center
By Sandra K. Ziebold
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
There is a knot of fear that goes along with having experienced being a victim of a frequent, consistent and systematic pattern of domestic violence abuse. Domestic violence is about power and control. Abuse occurs when there is consistent unwanted dominance and control exerted over another.
You may be in an intimate partner relationship and thinking to yourself, "What happened, I felt so wonderful and now I feel this horrible ache that won't leave the pit of my stomach. How did I get here and why do I feel so trapped? What can I do better? If I can do things better then he/she will, be okay / be calm / be happy." If you have thoughts like that, then stop for a second and really think about your thought pattern.
Can you remember the last time you didn't have that aching knot of fear in your stomach? If you are constantly fearful that your every single breath or action is going to trigger anger and violence in another person exerting control over you, then our advocates can help you. It is domestic violence awareness month and you need to know that you are valued, there is a safe way to get out of your situation and you deserve a life free from the grip of domestic violence.
We are here to help. Our crisis line number is (317)731-6140
Victim Advocate - Beacon of Hope Crisis Center
A client had reached out to the police due to violation of privacy. The victim was afraid that given this new violation of privacy, that the abuser will continue to go above and beyond to make the victims life difficult. The detective contacted Beacon of Hope Crisis Center for assistance. I was able to connect with the victim where I discussed the Address Confidentiality Program. The victim was in the process of moving and did not want the abuser to know of a new address considering the latest incident.
Although the victim has an active PO in place, the victim felt that taking every possible necessary step for confidentiality was a must. I was able to assist the victim with completing the Address Confidentiality Program Application and submitted the form on the victim’s behalf. Within 24 hours, the application had been approved. By the following day, the victim had sent an email thanking me for assisting the victim with this application and keeping their new address confidential.
By Kristin Scriven
Introducing Savannah Tipton, Beacon of Hope’s newest victim advocate! Savannah is a recent grad from Ball State University with degrees in Criminal Justice and Criminology. She has a passion for helping others and loves the inclusive environment at Beacon of Hope.
As a victim advocate, she works closely with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Savannah loves being able to work one on one with victims while seeing positive changes that result from the work we do here. In addition to victim advocacy, Savannah also manages our social media accounts!
Her favorite resource that Beacon of Hope offers is safety planning for our victims. Safety planning is used to keep a victim safe while they may be living in or leaving a violent situation. Having a safety plan in place and being well prepared for the worst-case scenario can make all the difference to a client.
Savannah loves criminal justice and found her niche in victim advocacy. A fun fact about Savannah is that she loves hiking and hammocks! She’s also a great cook.
Thanks for all you do, Savannah!
By Sandra K. Ziebold
Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month? We're just two weeks away from our fundraising gala! Give Abuse The Boot is on October 5th. Tickets are selling like crazy and we are already expecting over 250 people. The great news is that the venue is expandable and so if you still need a ticket just click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to make your seat or table purchase.
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By Kristin Scriven
Introducing Tracy Vatne, Beacon of Hope’s Pet Victim Advocate and Foster Pet Program Coordinator! Tracy has been with Beacon of Hope for almost two years heading our foster pet program. Tracy’s favorite part of her job is getting to see a pet reunite with their owner. A fun fact about Tracy is that from 2013 to 2016 she fostered 63 dogs and over 80 cats!
A local Indianapolis native, Tracy has spent most of her life advocating on the behalf of animals. Tracy works with people in the community who would be willing to foster animals while their owners are leaving an abusive relationship. In abusive relationships, animals often suffer at the hand of an abuser. Pets are also used to control and manipulate victims of domestic violence.
Additionally, Tracy gives presentations around the community to raise awareness about how to prevent animal abuse and how animal abuse is directly linked to family violence. Advocating for animal rights is Tracy’s passion. Working for an organization where she can make a tangible difference in the lives of animals and victims is her dream job!
Thanks for your passion, Tracy! We’re so glad to have you on our team!
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This blog is about our domestic and sexual violence crisis center, Beacon of Hope. We hope you find it full of helpful information, motivation, creativity, serious facts and positivity. We hope that it will help you know what is happening in our center, in our community and with our events. We hope you follow our blog in support of our organization and our mission.