Summer 2011 Newsletter - Page 7

Member Program Highlights...

Great Bend - On June 18, Great Bend Regional Hospital held Human eMotion, a ride/run/walk to benefit the Family Crisis Center (FCC). More than 100 participants biked a 62 mile or 25 mile course, ran a 1/2 marathon or 5k, or walked 2 miles. Participants were treated to lunch and conversation with Jackie Stiles, Claflin native and former WNBA rookie of the year; and Cameron Chambers, Great Bend native and 24-hour MTB National Champion. "Healthy lifestyles include healthy relationships," said Pam Chambers, hospital administrator and event coordinator. "It all goes hand-in-hand." Additionally, FCC is proud to be developing a Child Exchange and Visitation Center and a Child Advocacy Center to enhance current services offered.

Hays - Great News!! NKDSVS has changed its name to OPTIONS. Same address, phone number and great service. The new name and logo are great symbols for victims/survivors of violence. Just as the compass guides a person to find her or his way, so do the Options' advocates. Call 800-794-4624 or 785-625-3055.

Hutchinson - Participants from the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center, Inc., support groups created "Speak Out Masks." The masks were on display at Hutchinson's monthly Third Thursday celebration as part of the community Art Walk on June 16. It was a great time for the public to see a few of the unique activities they do in their groups, HEART for adult survivors and Circles of Affection for children.

Johnson County - SAFEHOME is working with the Johnson County DA's office and police departments in preparation for the July 1 implementation of a county-wide Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment Program. SAFEHOME is anticipating an increase in hotline calls and demand for shelter as a result of this collaborative effort to prevent domestic homicide. Preparations include expanding the Clinical Intake Advocacy (CIA) program, which offers face-to-face support within 48 hours of a victim's call.

Lawrence - Sarah Terwelp, executive director of Willow DV Center, announces her resignation after 12 years of distinguished service. Terwelp served as the Willow's first executive director since the organization, then WTCS, moved from a coordinated collective to a more traditional non-profit structure in 1999. Joan Schultz will serve as interim executive director while a full search is held to fill the position more permanently. An open house will be held July 27 from 4 pm - 6 pm at the Willow administrative office. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 785-331-2034.

Manhattan - Victims' Advocates and Riley County Police Department Officers Working Together for Safety: The Crisis Center's Police Response Advocate Program was initiated in April of 1997, a collaborative effort of the Riley County Police Department and the Crisis Center. The Center's Police Response Advocates (PRAs) are dispatched to the scene of domestic violence calls when patrol officers are dispatched. PRAs meet and safety plan with victims on scene, offering Crisis Center services and information about community resources. The program reaches out to 500-600 victims each year.

Salina - Saline County's MDT has implemented changes that will increase victim safety and perpetrator accountability. The Saline County Sheriff's Department implemented a Lethality Screening and is making additional referrals to Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas. Judge Stoss and City Prosecutor Jennifer Wyatt are holding separate monthly court hearings for all domestic violence cases. This will increase perpetrator accountability while a person is enrolled in the BIP program. Judge Stoss can quickly intervene with any consequences she deems necessary.

Wichita - The YWCA is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Chip Away at Domestic Violence golf tournament Monday September 12, 2011, at Willowbend Golf Course in Wichita. The cost is $95 per player with all proceeds to benefit the YWCA Women's Crisis Center. Come and enjoy the beautiful Willowbend course while supporting survivors of domestic violence. Sponsorships and player openings are still available but filling up quickly. Please visit www.ywcaofwichita.org or call 316-263-7501 to register or for more information.

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