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Are You Violent?
Have You Ever:
1. Yelled or sworn at your partner?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, your actions are abusive toward your partner and may constitute Domestic Violence. If so, you may be breaking the law and could go to jail.
Things You Can Do to Help Prevent Violent Behaviors
Escalation Prevention Plan (EPP) and De-Escalation Strategies
It's always good to find an effective stress management routine that works for you. Some of the suggestions below could help people manage the stress in their lives.
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Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program
The Legal Assistance for Victims grant provides funding from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women to strengthen or create civil legal assistance programs for victims. Indianhead Community Action Agency, along with several regional domestic abuse shelters, was recently awarded this grant. The current program has funding for two years, through September 2012.
Using these funds, we are able to provide legal assistance or representation to victims/survivors of sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence and dating violence in family, immigration, housing, protective orders, and similar matters.
The program has two attorneys working in northern counties in Wisconsin. Jennifer Cooklock handless Taylor, Clark, Price, Rusk, and Marathon counties; and Melissia Mogen handles Burnett, Polk, Sawyer, and Washburn counties.
To qualify, a person must be a victim or survivor of sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, or dating violence, not be able to afford a lawyer, and be in one of the covered counties. The victim/survivor must be an adult; the grant does not allow representation in child abuse matters. Preference is given to referrals from the partner organizations, like Stepping Stones; but referrals from other sources may be accepted.
To ask for assistance from this program, please contact Jennifer Cooklock (715-415-0481), Stepping Stones (715-748-3795), or Melissia Mogen (715-415-0397).
Wise Sayings and Quotes About Life
when you can, and endure when you must. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Never miss an
opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order
to do it.
From The Director’s Desk
As I look out the window of my office into a blue and cloudless sky, I’m reminded of how long the winter seemed this year. Who would ever have imagined snow on May 3rd? Today it’s wonderful to look at the trees getting new leaves to shade us on the warm days that we know are coming. The tulips and daffodils in the gardens will soon give way to a bounty of summer flowers, fruits, and vegetables. What wonderful things can occur after a long winter when that endless blanket of snow melts!
Sometimes our lives can be like that long, cold, dreary, seemingly endless winter. We’re sure that there will be no future warmth and that we have nothing good to anticipate. Everything will stay the same; nothing will change.
Let us remember that changing the paths of lives is much like the changing of the seasons. It starts out with small changes; and then, with patience and perseverance, we move into a new season – whether that is a change in weather or a change in ourselves.
We have many clients who have utilized Stepping Stones’ services who will attest to this. They come to us with their lives being a certain way – a way that is not good for them. Little by little, sometimes very slowly, they initiate the necessary change in their lives. As those changes are occurring, each individual is moving forward into that new season of their lives – a season that offers more strength, confidence, courage, responsibility, compassion and warmth than they ever thought possible.
We see this happening over and over again. Truly, it’s like discovering a new spring in each person. We get to watch them bloom into the people they are meant to be. Once they are on that path of change, they are able to share with their children, their family, and their friends. They are able to cultivate their own new garden and prepare for their future growth.
I vividly remember one client saying, “I feel like I can now reach for the sun”. And, I’m sure that regardless of the weather, this person is now her own ray of light shining down on her family and friends.
Kristine Porter, Director