WE ARE

  NOT POWERLESS

Services

The National Sexual Assault Helpline's phone number is 1-800-656-5673 (HOPE).

For Information on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)  and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), respectively see the links below.

Pottowattamie County Emergency Phone Numbers

Research has shown that substance use may increase an individuals risk of experiencing a sexual assault, and may have a negative impact on the disclosure process. In light of this, I am adding a link for The Addiction Center. An organization which works to provide comprehensive support, education, and services for both the family members as well as the individuals who are affected by substance use disorders. For further information concerning addiction, please click here.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence or "DV" is a term that is commonly used, yet many people do not understand what it is, or what behaviors are considered to be DV in nature. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), DV is the "willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another."  Additionally, the NCADV reports that DV has several different forms, including physical, sexual, and psychological violence and emotional abuse. Moreover, the NCADV states that both the frequency and severity of DV may vary from relationship to relationship. Finally, the NCADV reports that the central component of DV is the effort of one partner to maintain both POWER and CONTROL over another individual (What is Domestic Violence?, n.d.)

Some of you may recognize that the central component of DV is similar to that of sexual assault (SA). That is, an attempt on the part of the perpetrator to assert and maintain their power over another individual. Because of the fact that SA and DV are closely related to one another I want to provide both education and resources for those individuals who may have experienced DV in the past, or are currently in a DV relationship. Finally, this is a reminder to both survivors of SA and DV, you do NOT have to suffer in silence, you are NOT alone, and most importantly, never forget that we are not powerless to change our lives for the better.

  • For further information concerning domestic violence click here.  

  • Domestic Violence often occurs in homes with substance abuse issues, for further information concerning this issue please click here.

  • Crime Victim Assistance Programs

The Crime Victim Assistance (CVA) program is a social welfare program that is funded via bond, bail and other criminal monies. In order for a survivor to receive these benefits, charges must be pressed against the perpetrator, and an application must be completed. If and when the application is approved by the state, these funds are then distributed to help repay a survivor's lost wages, medical bills, the cost of mental health therapy as well as other financial losses sustained by a survivor because of the crime (Office for Victims of Crime, n.d.)

  • For further information concerning the CVA application process and benefits, please click here.

References

What is Domestic Violence? (n.d.). Retrieved September 24, 2016, from http://ncadv.org/learn-more/what-is-domestic-violence

Office for Victims of Crime. (n.d.). Victims of Crime Act Crime Victims Fund. Retrieved September 25, 2016, from https://www.ncjrs.gov/ovc_archives/factsheets/cvfvca.htm

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