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
About this blog
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.