Narrative about a recent clients success:
A client called Beacon of Hope to speak to someone that could help her in her abusive relationship. She was having a hard time being strong and not going back to him. She decided to call Beacon of Hope to reach out for help. Over the past couple of months, the advocate has helped her file a protective order, has been a trustworthy person for the client to talk to, and has helped her look for apartments that would insure her safety. She is now feeling more self-worth, confident, and is living in a safe location where her abuser does not know where she is. She is going to start school soon and has a positive outlook on her future.
Teen dating violence awareness month is coming to a close but know that Beacon of Hope Center for Women, Inc is here for all #teens (guys and girls) year-round to answer questions, concerns and offer educational advice about healthy relationships and prevention of unhealthy relationships.
By Megan Harris: Beacon of Hope Center Volunteer Victim Advocate and Guest Blogger
Domestic violence isn’t just an adult issue anymore. 1 in 3 teens are involved in an abusive dating relationship. Although 82 percent of parents claim to know the signs of teen dating violence, only 58 percent of parents could correctly recognize the warning signs of teen dating violence.(1) Parents aren’t the only people who can miss the warning signs. Classmates and teachers have to be aware of the possibility of teen dating violence occurring in their school. It’s what your friends are saying that can be the biggest clues of all. So what are the signs to look for that will give a red flag for teen dating violence?(2)
If a person in the relationship:
If any of these signs sound familiar, then you or someone you know may be in an abusive teen relationship. The signs may start out subtle and that is why everyone needs to be educated about teen dating violence. Beacon of Hope Center for Women has a Teen Talk Outreach and Education Program that focus’ on educating teens about prevention and what healthy relationships look like by visiting schools and other organizations to speak to students. Indiana’s rate of teen violence is almost 2 percent higher than the national average.(3) This is a percentage that we can change and even aim to decrease. Teen violence isn’t new, just like domestic violence between adults isn’t new. Both of these issues can be prevented and need to be addressed in our community.
Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center hosted their 5th annual Girls Night out event on Friday, January 29, 2016.
This year 10% of all proceeds and vendor sales were donated to Beacon of Hope Center for Women! Thank you Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center!
Their Girls Night Out is a “must-go” girlfriend event with free mini manicures, fun girly photo shoots, massage, card making, jewelry making, shopping, door prizes and much much more!
Everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed being a part of a group that is helping to empower women! Benedict Inn wants to thank all the amazing and generous women, vendors and sponsors who participated in Girls Night Out 2016!
One woman can change anything, many women can change everything.
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Beech Grove IN 46107
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