Family Crisis Center, Inc. to distribute Domestic Violence Survivor Bags

Left to right, above, Janelle Fortin, Director of the Family Crisis Center, Amy Rothacker, Community Health Nurse, Audrey Helm, Community Health Office Secretary, and Penny Ihnen, Rural Advocate with the Family Crisis Center.

Family Crisis Center, Inc. to distribute Domestic Violence Survivor Bags

The Family Crisis Center employees, Board Members and volunteer met recently to fill white bags with a purple ribbon on the front in honor of Domestic Violence victims.  These bags will be distributed to Law Enforcement for their cars and offices, Hospitals, Clinics, County Health Offices, Chiropractors, Counselors, Clerk of Courts, and States Attorney offices in Spink, Faulk and Hand Counties.  They will be available in places people of Domestic Violence are likely to seek help and the enclosed information could benefit the victims.  They can get the information to take with them and have it should they decide to seek help later on.

The bags have informational pamphlets entitled “Partner Abuse” which explains some common characteristics of abusers and how to put an end to the abuse.   “Are You in a Healthy Relationship” shares what makes a healthy relationship.  The Family Crisis Center, Inc. pamphlet is enclosed explaining their services and lists their 24 hour crisis line number of 605-472-0508.  A memo book, kleenex, Family Crisis Center pen with their name, phone number and e-mail address printed on them, keychain/whistle with contact information, business cards, and a survey entitled “Are You in an Abusive Situation?” is also enclosed.   Offices may call for more bags as needed.  

The Family Crisis Center also presents the hospitals with pants, t-shirts and underwear for victims of sexual assault.

Domestic Violence 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.  It is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior as part of the dominance and control.  On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive over 20,000 calls.  In the United States, an average of twenty people per minute experience intimate partner physical violence every minute.  This equates to more than ten million abuse victims annually.  It is prevalent in every community and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality.   

If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic abuse, or if you need someone to talk to
contact the Family Crisis Center, Inc. at 605-472-0508.

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