By Kristin Scriven
Introducing Tiffany Wilson, Beacon of Hope’s Director of Victim Advocacy! Tiffany has been with Beacon of Hope for a year and a half and truly loves this organization. Her favorite part about working here is the atmosphere and the people; she loves working in such a supportive environment with coworkers who all have the same passion for helping and empowering women.
Tiffany has worked in victim advocacy for the past nine years and has a degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University. As Director of Victim Advocacy, Tiffany leads the team of advocates and works directly with our CEO/Executive Director on grant writing. She is also responsible for overseeing our informational database of client information for follow ups and data collection.
Her favorite service that Beacon of Hope offers is of course our criminal justice team! She loves being able to inform victims of their rights while working with them each step of the way. In such a scary and unsure time, having someone who can provide support and clarity is monumental and Tiffany loves that she can help in that way.
This past Spring Tiffany was honored with winning the “Baker One Outstanding Victim Advocate” award! This award is given to an outstanding advocate that demonstrates a consistent excellent effort in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault. Tiffany is a hard worker and a valued member of our team.
Thanks for all your hard work, Tiffany! You make us proud!
By Kristin Scriven
Meet Rosa Ponce, Beacon of Hope’s Senior Victim Advocate! Rosa graduated in May of 2017 from Ball State University with a dual degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology and a minor in Social Work.
As Senior Victim Advocate, Rosa oversees the criminal justice team and works directly to support the victims. When asked why she loves working at Beacon of Hope, Rosa said, “I love what we stand for and what we do; I’m passionate about working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. I love that we get to help spread awareness about such important issues.”
Rosa’s favorite service that Beacon of Hope offers is court accompaniment. She loves being a pillar of support for the victim in their time of need. Her support helps victims feel a sense of safety and security during a scary time.
In her spare time, Rosa loves hiking and reading. Currently, her favorite book is Orphan Train by Christina Baker Cline. A fun fact is that Rosa is initially from California and moved to Indiana when she was six years old! When she’s not working, you can find Rosa at Klipsch Music Center attending country concerts.
We love having you as part of the team, Rosa!
By Caleb Bailey | Beacon of Hope Crisis Center Intern
“My victims use the hotlines daily” – Detective Hinshaw of Lawrence City Police
Founded in 2007, Beacon of Hope Crisis Center opened its doors in 2009 and has remained committed ever since. The immense change that Beacon of Hope brings to the community has been expressed by many–including the police department. Tiffany Wilson, Beacon of Hope Crisis Center staff member, interviewed Stacy Hinshaw, Detective of the Lawrence City Police Department, on how different her job is when Beacon of Hope Crisis Center is involved. “A huge Impact”, said Hinshaw. “The resources of Beacon of Hope have helped our victims at their most vulnerable times”.
The collaboration with the Lawrence City Police Department has exhibited positive outcomes. When asked about the successes, Detective Hinshaw had “several victims pursue protective orders and charges filed against abusers”. As a result of teamwork, victims were able to “find the strength to leave their abusers and start a new healthy life”. “My victims use the hotline daily”, Hinshaw added. This is just one of the reasons why Beacon of Hope Crisis Center is known for collaborating with all organizations that help prevent and protect victims of domestic violence.
By Sandra K. Ziebold
We had the pleasure of attending the Julian Center Judge’s Luncheon on Wednesday, April 12th. During the luncheon the Domestic Violence Network presented our Senior Victim Advocate, Tiffany Wilson, with the Baker One Outstanding Advocate award! Tiffany leads our Criminal Justice Advocacy Team serving victims of crime in partnership with our 5 police department partners.
This award is given out to an outstanding advocate that shows consistent exemplary effort in the field of domestic violence or sexual assault advocacy. The advocate has to have demonstrated advocacy efforts working with generally high-risk or unique domestic violence/sexual assault situations. This award recipient must consistently demonstrate the Baker One Project tenets of offender accountability, homicide prevention and victim safety.
It is such an honor to gather with so many wonderful officers, departments, judge's, prosecutors, servant focused individuals and agencies that collaborate and serve domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Victims, survivors and conquerors as the special guest speaker, Officer Ethan Roark, likes to say and referenced in his speech. Officer Roark had wise and wonderful words to share with those in attendance. He is someone that we work with all the time as the partner agency providing advocacy for Southport Police Department and we know first hand his level of passion for making a positive difference in the lives of others.
Great luncheon, wonderful hosts and I couldn't be more proud of Tiffany! She is very deserving of this award!
By Sandra K. Ziebold
Our Criminal Justice Program consists of partnerships with the police departments of Southport, Lawrence, Beech Grove, and Speedway police departments. Beacon of Hope victim advocates work with law enforcement to follow up on purple sheet cases and when needed will arrive in partnership ready to assist victims during domestic violence calls. Our advocates also provide emotional advocacy and assistance to those in crisis from sexual assault. The advocates provide a lot of information on victimization, crime prevention, safety planning and information on the criminal justice process and on the legal rights and protections of victims. This program is breaking the cycle of abuse and educates victims about all of the resources available to assist them with leaving the situation and achieving freedom from the grip of domestic violence.
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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.