By Sandra K. Ziebold
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
Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault are regularly in situations where they cannot go home or gain access to basic items. To lift this burden, we are constantly preparing crisis bundles to serve those immediate needs.
Creating a crisis bundle can be geared to the specific needs of a victim seeking services or preemptively prepared for victims with a general stock of commonly used items. It is important to think about a victim’s perspective and unique needs when preparing a crisis bundle.
Crisis bundles should be prepared with a demographic and geographic location in mind. When making crisis bundles it is helpful to include items that are relevant to the weather or season. For example, when preparing bundles during a season of rain or faced with cold weather adding items such as hats and gloves may be beneficial. When preparing crisis bundles for hot and sunny weather add sunscreen or sunglasses. Everyday items that are taken for granted could easily benefit victims in need. Other considerations when making crisis bundles might include the variance in victims age, ethnicity, gender, if they have children, etc.
Crisis Bundles Include:
Items for the crisis bundle are placed in reusable bags that can also contribute to meeting a victim’s needs. Encouraging items could include cards, notebooks, magnets, etc. with sayings such as “You Are Strong” “Think Positive” “Smile” or “Believe in Yourself.” There is no one size fits all way to make a crisis bundle, you may add or take out items to more effectively meet a victim’s needs. On average, a crisis bundle can be made with a small donation of $25.
We need your help! You can provide a crisis bundle for a victim each month by signing up for our easy give monthly membership. Easy give memberships provide ongoing funding for essential programs offered by Beacon of Hope Crisis Center. Your monthly donations will go directly towards assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Sign up for an easy give monthly membership today!
By Sandra K. Ziebold and Merideth Bush
Beacon of Hope is a Christ-centered crisis center. To some, it may sound as though we exclusively offer services to the Christian community or that we impose Christian beliefs on those we serve, but this could not be further from the truth. When we say that we are a Christ-centered agency, we mean that our approach to victim services seeks to imitate the qualities exemplified by Christ’s interactions with the hurting people in his community: qualities such as kindness, respectfulness, non-judgement, and acceptance.
What does this look like in practice?
It looks like reaching out to leaders of refugee communities, including those which represent ethnic and religious minorities, so that they know what the laws are regarding intimate partner violence, how to recognize it, and where to find service providers that will respect and accommodate their religious and cultural needs alongside traditional legal and advocacy services.
It looks like looking past gender stereotypes to recognize that 1 in 4 men will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime. We welcome and advocate for male victims with the same dedication and compassion we show to female victims.
It looks like reaching out to service providers of our immigrant population to make sure they know that they can seek help to escape intimate partner violence regardless of their citizenship or immigration status.
It looks like seeking partnerships with interpreters so that we can overcome language barriers. Domestic violence and sexual assault are not limited by languages. The advocacy we offer shouldn’t be either.
It looks like recognizing that the LGBTQ+ community suffers from domestic violence and sexual assault with the same frequency and severity as their heterosexual counterparts, and welcoming members of this community with open arms when they choose to seek help.
It looks like the relief on the face of a client from a marginalized community when they turn to us at the end of an advocacy appointment, smile for the first time that day and say, “Thank you. I honestly didn’t think I’d find anyone willing to help me.”
This is Beacon of Hope’s Christ-centered approach to victim advocacy in action. Regardless of race, religion, gender, culture, sexual orientation, or any other label that may differentiate us, the Christ-like qualities of kindness, respectfulness, non-judgment, and acceptance are the inspiration for our interaction with every client, and lie at the very heart of who we are at Beacon of Hope.
By Sandra K. Ziebold
Board Member Opportunity for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 510(c)(3) Organization
Perry Township based Beacon of Hope is a non-profit crisis support organization serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault primarily in the central Indiana area.
The Board supports the work of Beacon of Hope and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. Each board member also makes annual personal donations, helps bring additional funding from outside donors and supports various fundraising events.
If you are interested in a two-year commitment, please see our website to learn more about our agency and reach out to talk with me about the opportunity of joining our wonderful team that is a making a difference in Central Indiana.
Sandy Ziebold, CEO / Executive Director (317)731-6131
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 Ziebold
We're having a community event and want to invite you to come. Join us for appetizers, drinks and amazing raffle items. Come and see our new office and learn more about the domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy work that we do. #Denim Day
Do you know the significance of Denim Day?
WHAT STARTED DENIM DAY: In the 1990s, the Italian Supreme Court overruled a rape conviction, stating that since the victim’s jeans were too tight, she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying her consent. Due to this the women in the Italian government protested by wearing denim into governmental meetings. Denim Day was started in the United States by sexual assault advocates supporting victims. Denim Day signifies solidarity with sexual assault victims while protesting the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.
Denim Day is held to increase Sexual Assault Awareness during Victim's Rights Month and to help dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding sexual assault. The Centers for Hope will be sharing information about Sexual Assault on April 19th at the Indiana State House and will also be hosting a walk on April 26th, 2017 at Monument Circle.
To show support for sexual assault victims Beacon of Hope Advocates will be wearing denim on April 19th and on April 26th (national Denim Day). We encourage you to wear denim too and to stand with us against the destructive attitudes which surround sexual assault victims.
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