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Who’s on the front line during a crisis?

By Danielle Armitage, Outreach Prevention and Education Coordinator

When someone is in an abusive relationship SOS Crisis Services is the front line of being able to help individuals. We help them move from victim to survivor within Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris and Osage Counties.

SOS services are available 24-hours-a-day to individuals who seek assistance from an advocate. During the workday, advocates are available for personal advocacy, crisis intervention; safety planning, court advocacy, support groups and prevention education.

During the court process advocates are able to assist with protection from abuse and protection from stalking orders while providing peer advocacy services to meet other needs victims might have.

If individuals are interested in support groups, SOS provides groups in both English and Spanish for victims of sexual and domestic violence.

While working with victims is the main service for SOS advocates, they also provide prevention education services to schools within our six-county service area. These educational opportunities provide information on safe touches, understanding feelings, healthy relationships and teen dating violence.

The main priority for advocates is to provide a safety plan for each individual served.

Advocates are available 24-hours-a-day for emergency shelter, police response and hospital calls. SOS helps everyone affected by domestic or sexual violence, human trafficking, stalking or neglect.

If you or someone you know would like more information from an advocate call the SOS 24-Hour Helpline, 800-825-1295 or 620-342-1870.