KCSDV Press Release - State Coalition Hosts Annual Training and Advocacy

State Coalition Hosts Annual Training and Advocacy

For Immediate Release
KCSDV Media Contact: 785-232-9784

Topeka, KS, 2/05/2016 – Next week, the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) will host its annual training and Advocacy Day to increase awareness about the issues of sexual and domestic violence in Kansas. The week’s events, called “Safe Homes, Safe Streets,” will bring over 100 victim advocates and allied professionals from across Kansas to Topeka to participate. This is KCSDV’s 13th Annual Safe Homes, Safe Streets event.

The week kicks-off with the “Engaging Communities to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence” prevention summit. Featured national presenters will include Jeffrey Bucholtz, Director of We End Violence, and Tyler Osterhaus, Anti-Violence Educator and Prevention Consultant. Over 100 people are expected to be in attendance at the training.

The Sunflower Safety Luncheon and Awards Ceremony will take place on the second day of the summit. Individuals and communities from across Kansas who do outstanding work on behalf of survivors of sexual and domestic violence will be recognized.

The Advocacy Day will take place on Wednesday at the Kansas Statehouse. There will be a Silent Witness Silhouette display on the 2nd floor Statehouse Rotunda, featuring stories of victims who lost their lives to sexual and domestic violence in Kansas. “This will be one of the rare occasions when all Silent Witness Silhouettes will be featured together on display,” said Joyce Grover, KCSDV executive director. “This is a powerful visual of the true impact of sexual and domestic violence in Kansas.” The 29 sexual and domestic violence advocacy programs from across Kansas will also have displays on the 1st floor of the Statehouse. A program and press conference will occur 12:30 p.m. on the 2nd floor Rotunda. All Advocacy Day events and displays are open to the public.

Kansas sexual and domestic violence advocacy programs regularly serve over 20,000 victims, respond to over 25,000 crisis hotline calls, and provide over 50,000 hours of crisis counseling annually. “It is our hope that the Safe Homes, Safe Streets events will help educate policy makers and the public about the impact of this violence in Kansas and the life-saving services available statewide,” said Grover.

 

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Press Release - January is National Stalking Awareness Month

January is National Stalking Awareness Month

January 7, 2016 – TOPEKA, KS – January is National Stalking Awareness Month, a time to focus on a crime that affects 7.5 million victims a year. This year’s theme—“Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.” — challenges the nation to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it.

Stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia, yet many victims and professionals underestimate its seriousness and impact. In one of five cases, stalkers use weapons to harm or threaten victims, and stalking is one of the significant risk factors for homicide of women in abusive relationships. Victims can suffer anxiety and severe depression at much higher rates than the general population, and many lose time from work or have to move as a result of their victimization.

“Stalking may take many forms,” says Joyce Grover, executive director for the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV). “Showing up in places the victim does not want their stalker to be, sending unwanted voice or text messages, watching or following the victim from a distance, or spying on the victim with various technologies are all strategies a stalker may use,” says Grover.

Stalking is difficult to recognize, investigate, and prosecute. Stalkers fit no standard psychological profile, and many stalkers follow their victims from one jurisdiction to another, making it difficult for authorities to investigate and prosecute their crimes. In Kansas, requests for protection orders continued to rise in 2014, with 7,861 filings of a Protection from Abuse Order and 4,669 filings of a Protection from Stalking Order.

Communities that understand stalking can support victims and combat the crime. “If more people learn to recognize stalking,” says Grover, “we will be able to better support victims and hopefully prevent these incidents from becoming lethal.”

For additional resources or to learn more about National Stalking Awareness Month, please visit: www.kcsdv.org

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Founded in 1982, the purpose of KCSDV is the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence through a statewide network of programs providing support and safety for all victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking, with primary focus on women and their children; direct services; public awareness and education; advocacy for victims; comprehensive prevention; and, social change efforts. Learn more at www.kcsdv.org

Press Release - YWCA Northeast Kansas

YWCA Northeast Kansas Meets 2015 Fundraising Goal, Thanks Supporters

January 7, 2016 – TOPEKA, KS – Thanks to corporate and community support, the YWCA Northeast Kansas has surpassed its fundraising goal for 2015, agency leaders announced today.

The more than $260,000 fundraising balance was crucial to meeting operating expenses that help the YWCA administer critical programs that help eliminate racism and empower women in our community.

YWCA Northeast Kansas officials appealed to the community for help earlier this year. Since then, scores of volunteers went to work, contacting supporters and community members who pledged their support.   More than $95,000 in donations came from nearly 250 individuals and organizations from Topeka and surrounding areas. 

Corporate support was also strong. Security Benefit stepped up with a leading gift of $50,000. Other businesses and banks contributed more than $32,000. And the Capitol Federal® Foundation responded with a challenge – if the YWCA could raise $200,000 then the Foundation would donate an additional $50,000. The YWCA met that challenge.

“It had been several years since YWCA held a campaign of this significance. We cannot thank our volunteers and donors enough for helping us realize this goal,” Board President Karla Clem said. “The support from Security Benefit and the Capitol Federal® Challenge Grant came at a crucial time. The tremendous support we’ve received proves the YWCA is needed and valued in this community. It is a testament to the good work the YWCA does and how supported our mission continues to be.”

Many church groups contributed cash as well as items for clients being served in the YWCA’s Center for Safety and Empowerment. The balance of the fundraising goal came from increased participation in two of our major fundraising and awareness events, Women’s Night Out and the Run4aReason race, supporting our Girls on the Run program.

“This operating capital campaign was our first step in getting the YWCA Northeast Kansas back on stable footing,” Clem said. “The future of the YWCA looks a lot brighter and 2016 should be a much stronger year, but we must continue to work. We have great leadership from our staff and board, and this community support allows us to spend our time providing services to those in need, addressing our core mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.”

About the YWCA Northeast Kansas

The YWCA Northeast Kansas is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Established in 1887, YWCA Northeast Kansas now serves thousands of area women and their families, and its advocacy issues reflect the mission and values of the organization. The YWCA promotes solutions to improve the lives of women, girls and people of color across the country.

Read more about YWCA Northeast Kansas programs and services, get involved, and learn how you can help support the YWCA’s mission at www.ywcaneks.org

 

About Capitol Federal®

For more than 120 years, Capitol Federal® has remained steadfast in its commitment to the American dream of homeownership and dedicated to its corporate philosophy of Safety in Savings, Sound Lending Policies, Quality Customer Service, and Commitment to Community.

Capitol Federal is a leader in residential lending in Kansas and Missouri and boasts more than $9 billion in assets. In addition to single-family residential lending, construction loans and other consumer loans, Capitol Federal offers a variety of retail deposit accounts, including checking, savings, money market, IRA and certificates of deposit. Capitol Federal offers convenient banking service through True Blue Online® Internet Banking and Mobile Banking.  With 37 traditional branches and 10 in-store locations, the Bank has a network that extends across the state of Kansas and into Missouri.

Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender, CapFed® was founded in 1893 and is headquartered in Topeka, Kansas.

About Security Benefit

Security Benefit, a 123-year-old, Kansas-based insurance company with more than $30 billion in assets under management, is a leading retirement savings and income solutions provider. Through a combination of innovative products, exceptional investment management and a unique distribution strategy, Security Benefit is a leader in a full range of retirement markets and wealth segments.

To learn more about Security Benefit, visit www.securitybenefit.com.

Mailing Address:
YWCA Northeast Kansas
225 SW 12th Street
Topeka, KS 66612
US

Contact Name: Joan Wagnon
Telephone Number: (785) 233-1750

Press Release - A New Guidance from the Justice Department

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ISSUES GUIDANCE ON IDENTIFYING AND PREVENTING GENDER BIAS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE TO SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015 - WASHINGTON – Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced today a new guidance from the Justice Department designed to help law enforcement agencies prevent gender bias in their response to sexual assault and domestic violence, highlighting the need for clear policies, robust training and responsive accountability systems.

“Gender bias, whether explicit or implicit, can severely undermine law enforcement’s ability to protect survivors of sexual and domestic violence and hold offenders accountable,” said Attorney General Lynch.  “This guidance – developed in collaboration with law enforcement leaders and advocates from across the country – is designed to help state, local, and tribal authorities more fairly and effectively address allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault.  In the days and months ahead, the Department of Justice will continue to work with our law enforcement partners nationwide to ensure that they have the tools and resources they need to prevent, investigate, and prosecute these horrendous crimes.”

Today’s guidance – which reflects input from a wide array of stakeholders, including police leaders, victim advocates and civil rights advocates – aims to enhance the Justice Department’s partnership with law enforcement officers who work tirelessly to protect their communities, advance bias-free policing and uphold the civil rights of the people they serve.  The Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), the Civil Rights Division and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) collaborated to produce the guidance.

The guidance serves two key purposes.  First, it aims to examine how gender bias can undermine the response of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to sexual assault and domestic violence.  Second, it provides a set of basic principles that – if integrated into LEAs’ policies, trainings and practices – will help ensure that gender bias, either intentionally or unintentionally, does not undermine efforts to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable.

The guidance, through a series of detailed case examples, advises law enforcement agencies to incorporate the following principles into clear policies, comprehensive training and effective supervision protocols:

  • Recognize and address biases, assumptions and stereotypes about victims.
  • Treat all victims with respect and employ interviewing tactics that encourage a victim to participate and provide facts about the incident.
  • Investigate sexual assault or domestic violence complaints thoroughly and effectively.
  • Appropriately classify reports of sexual assault or domestic violence.
  • Refer victims to appropriate services.
  • Properly identify the assailant in domestic violence incidents.
  • Hold officers who commit sexual assault or domestic violence accountable.
  • Maintain, review and act upon data regarding sexual assault and domestic violence.

A form of discrimination, gender bias may result in LEAs providing less protection to certain victims on the basis of gender, failing to respond to crimes that disproportionately harm a particular gender or offering less robust services due to a reliance on gender stereotypes.

Gender bias can manifest in police officers misclassifying or underreporting sexual assault and domestic violence cases; inappropriately jumping to conclusions and labeling sexual assault cases unfounded; failing to test sexual assault kits; interrogating rather than interviewing victims and witnesses; treating domestic violence as a family matter rather than a crime; failing to enforce protection orders; or failing to treat same-sex domestic violence as a crime.  These failures may ultimately compromise law enforcement’s ability to ascertain the facts, determine whether the incident constitutes a crime and develop a case that holds the perpetrator accountable.  

The Department of Justice has included additional resources in an appendix to the guidance to further assist LEAs in improving their response to sexual assault and domestic violence. 

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Press Release - National Alliance to End Sexual Violence Commends Department of Justice

National Alliance to End Sexual Violence Commends Department of Justice Guidance on Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015 – Last week, we were riveted by the stories of the women victimized by Daniel Holtzclaw, by their courage in telling their stories, and by the assumptions apparent in Holtzclaw’s violent behavior—that his badge made his power unquestionable; that struggling women of color would not come forward and would not be believed; and that racism and sexism would play to his favor in getting away with these vicious violations. We know that the history of rape in our country is one of sexism and racism intertwined. Despite the defense attorneys’ success in creating an all-white jury and attempts to use the victims’ vulnerabilities against them, the guilty verdicts against Holtzclaw take us one step forward in our collective “no” to a societal acceptance of preying on the vulnerable.  

Today, the Department of Justice released a guidance document, “Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.” Monika Johnson Hostler, President of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) said, “We believe this guidance can take us the next step forward in keeping victims safe and holding offenders accountable.” We know most law enforcement agents don’t commit the abuses of power Holtzclaw did, but it’s imperative that all departments and officers address gender bias in policing, both in policies and in practice, and intervene when unacceptable behavior and violations occur in their departments. Advocates have long voiced concern that some law enforcement officers have failed to take survivors’ reports seriously.  Rape crisis centers stand ready to partner with law enforcement to address the institutional sexism, racism and victim blaming attitudes present within every institution in our society. Monika Johnson Hostler commented, “Many work in law enforcement for all the right reasons—to protect the vulnerable and hold those who break our laws accountable. This guidance gives them a tool to more vigorously investigate sexual assault. We are also excited for advocates to use this guidance to build or strengthen partnerships with law enforcement in their communities. We know from situations like Missoula that change can happen when we work together.”

NAESV urges law enforcement agencies to work directly with community-based rape crisis programs to discuss the guidance, form partnerships, and organize training. The funding and programs authorized by the Violence Against Women Act are an invaluable tool to help ensure a robust response to the crime of sexual assault. In order to make all communities safer, we must respect and listen to all victims who come forward with reports and take steps to prevent future sexual violence by investigating and prosecuting these crimes and ensuring survivors have access to community-based advocacy services during every step of the process.

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National Alliance to End Sexual Violence

KCSDV Press Release - State Coalition Hosts Annual Training and Advocacy

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