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8 Tips for a Family Safety Plan

Unfortunately, danger and violent acts are a reality in our society. However, our families don’t have to live in fear. Preparation and prevention are important to give youth the tips/skills to cope and know when to go to adults for help. Here are tips to educate yourselves and start building a safety plan for your family: Ask your child’s teacher about the plans the
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2016 Domestic Violence Summit

We are excited to announce Dr. Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN as our featured presenter for 2016. Dr. Campbell created The Danger Assessment, an instrument that helps to determine the level of danger an abused person has of being killed by their intimate partner. For 25 years, the Danger Assessment tool has been used by law enforcement, health care professionals, and domestic violence
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Local Men Strive to Be SOS Strong

Back for 2016: SOS Strong Not all abusers are men; however, the vast majority of domestic violent crimes are committed by male perpetrators. “SOS Strong” is a grassroots, all-male campaign made of local men dedicated to helping SOS stop sexual and domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. Each “Strong Man” signs a pledge to lead by example, not blame victims, and be a positive
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CVEC Welcomes New Director

CVEC Welcomes New Director SOS, Inc. welcomes Tara Schnakenberg as the Director of the Child Visitation & Exchange Center. Prior to working for SOS, she was employed at TFI Family Services, Inc. as a Family Support Worker and previously as a Human Resource Specialist.  The past 1 ½ years she worked as a Legal Secretary at the Lyon County Attorney’s Office.  “Having several years
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CASA: Evidence of Effectiveness

By Mickey Edwards, SOS CASA of the Flint Hills Director Since its creation by a family court judge in Seattle, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) has become one of the most effective programs of its kind. Today there are 951 CASA programs around the country. The SOS CASA of the Flint Hills program serves Lyon and Chase County children caught in the court system due to
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Partnering to help students

By Carrie Goss, SOS/ESU Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Each fall thousands of students make Emporia their new home for a few years. There’s a reason they choose Emporia. Whether it be the great university they are about to attend or the beautiful sights of the surrounding Flint Hills, they choose Emporia. A college campus can be a community all on its own. The culture
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Advocate must have great listening skills

By an SOS Rural Victim Advocate A job application for a rural advocate position with SOS, Inc. doesn’t look any different than an advocate’s application to work in one of the more populated areas covered by our agency. There are some differences in how we accomplish our goal of increasing safety for domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking victims in the six-county areas, dependent
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