Spring 2007 Newsletter

Sexual Violence as a Human Rights Violation

Re-thinking our views of sexual violence was the message of Loretta Ross, long-time advocate and human rights activist, who participated in KCSDV's 4th Annual Safe Homes, Safe Streets event in February.

"Our job is to understand human rights ourselves in order to better serve victims because to be free from sexual violence is a human right," Ross said.

Ross is the founder and former executive director of the National Center for Human Rights Education in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also one of the first African American women to direct a rape crisis center in the 1970s.

Sexual human rights is one of eight categories of human rights as identified by the United Nations. A few of these rights include the right to be free from sexual violence, the right to control one's own sexual destiny, and the right to sexual privacy.

For more information, visit the National Center for Human Rights Education at www.nchre.org.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

KCSDV and its member programs are participating in activities to raise awareness about sexual violence during the month of April.

Thank You

Safe Homes, Safe Streets Sponsors

KCSDV thanks the following for their support of the 4th Annual Safe Homes, Safe Streets Awareness Day and Reception.

  • Shumaker Family Foundation
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas
  • Community National Bank
  • Dwight D. Menke Insurance
  • Al Langton Insurance
  • Sunflower State Bakery
  • Kansas Department of Corrections Victim Services

Last Print Issue of KCSDV's Newsletter!

KCSDV is transitioning to an electronic newsletter in 2007. This April issue marks the last time you will be receiving a print edition. If you want to receive KCSDV's electronic newsletter, please subscribe at www.kcsdv.org/subscribe.html or send your email address to Laurie Harrison, KCSDV Communications Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

KCSDV's 4th Annual Safe Homes, Safe Streets in Review

Calling upon elected officials to address sexual and domestic violence was the focus of the 4th Annual Safe Homes, Safe Streets events.

"Currently, only about 40% of Kansas counties have sexual or domestic violence advocacy services for victims in a reasonable timeframe," said Sandy Barnett, executive director of KCSDV. "We call upon the Kansas Legislature to step up and address the gaps in services and to provide funding for service expansion across the state."

More than 300 people participated in the day's events.

Many state legislators attended the morning press conference and three legislators spoke during it - Rep. Bob Bethell, R-Alden—"We have to realize we have to come to some kind of a solution."; Sen. Vicki Schmidt, R-Topeka—"Sexual and domestic violence are issues of public safety. We have to do what it takes to keep Kansans safe."; and Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence—"It's not just a woman thing. Everyone is affected by it."

The evening reception featured opening comments from the new Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison as well as a keynote address by Loretta Ross, long-time advocate and human rights activist. She is the founder and former executive director of the National Center for Human Rights Education in Atlanta, Georgia.

Marlou Wegener, the evening's emcee and a representative from one of the event's corporate sponsors, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, received a thank you gift from Sarah Terwelp, KCSDV Board President.

Visit www.kcsdv.org/pkshss07.html for more information about the event.



4/30-5/3 - DVAC - Topeka
2-3 - EES Training - Wichita
15-17 - Working with Men & Boys to Prevent Domestic Violence - Topeka


4-8 - Governor's B.A.S.I.K. Victim Advocate Training - Salina
6 - EES Training - Hays
13 - EES Training - Newton
18 - Facilitating Change - Topeka<

For more information and registration for trainings and events, visit: www.kcsdv.org/train.html

For further information and registration for KCSDV and other trainings, visit our Trainings page.

This newsletter and KCSDV brochures are available online at: www.kcsdv.org/resources/newsletters.html

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Kansas Sexual and Domestic Violence Program Map

Programs are listed below alphabetically by city with their HOTLINE phone numbers. The numbers on the map correspond to the programs listed. Call the program nearest you. You do not have to live in the city where the program is located to use their services.

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DV = domestic violence services provided
SA = sexual assault services provided

1. Atchison DV/SA DoVES 800-367-7075 or 913-367-0363 Back to map
2. Dodge City DV/SA Crisis Center of Dodge City 620-225-6510 Back to map
3. El Dorado DV/SA Family Life Center of Butler County 800-870-6967 or 316-321-7104 Back to map
4. Emporia DV/SA SOS, Inc. 800-825-1295 or 620-342-1870 Back to map
5. Garden City DV/SA Family Crisis Services 800-275-0535 or 620-275-5911 Back to map
6. Great Bend DV/SA Family Crisis Center 866-792-1885 or 620-792-1885 Back to map
7. Hays DV/SA Options: Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, Inc. 800-794-4624 or 785-625-3055 Back to map
8. Hutchinson DV/SA Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center 800-701-3630 or 620-663-2522 Back to map
9. Iola DV/SA Hope Unlimited 620-365-7566 Back to map
10. Kansas City - Wyandotte Cnty DV Friends of Yates Joyce Williams Center 913-321-0951 Back to map
11. Kansas City - Johnson Cnty DV Safehome 888-432-4300 or 913-262-2868 Back to map
12. Kansas City DV El Centro, Inc. ¡Si Se Puede! 913-281-1186 Back to map
13. Kansas City DV/SA KCAVP 816-561-0550 Back to map
14. Kansas City SA MOCSA 816-531-0233 Back to map
15. Lawrence SA GaDuGi Safe Center 785-843-8985 Back to map
16. Lawrence DV The Willow Domestic Violence Center 800-770-3030 or 785-843-3333 Back to map
17. Leavenworth DV/SA Alliance Against Family Violence 800-644-1441 or 913-682-9131 Back to map
18. Liberal DV/SA LARC/DVS, Inc. 620-624-8818 Back to map
19. Manhattan DV/SA The Crisis Center, Inc. 800-727-2785 or 785-539-2785 Back to map
20. Mayetta DV/SA Prairie Band Potawatomi Family Violence Prevention Program 866-966-0173 or 785-966-8330 Back to map
21. Newton DV/SA Harvey County DV/SA Task Force 800-487-0510 or 316-283-0350 Back to map
22. Pittsburg DV/SA Safehouse Crisis Center, Inc. 800-794-9148 or 620-231-8251 Back to map
23. Salina DV/SA Domestic Violence Assoc. of Central Kansas 800-874-1499 or 785-827-5862 Back to map
24. Topeka DV/SA YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment 888-822-2983 or dia 785-354-7927 o tarde / fin de semana 785-234-3330 Back to map
25. Wichita DV Catholic Charities Harbor House 866-899-5522 or 316-263-6000 Back to map
26. Wichita DV StepStone 316-265-1611 Back to map
27. Wichita SA Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center 316-263-3002 Back to map
28. Wichita DV YWCA Women's Crisis Center 316-267-7233 Back to map
29. Winfield DV/SA Safe Homes, Inc. Safe Homes, Inc. is temporarily closed. Victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who are in need of advocacy services in Cowley, Chautauqua, Elk, and Sumner counties should call the 24/7 Kansas Crisis Hotline at 1-888-363-2287 to receive services by the surrounding advocacy programs. Back to map

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