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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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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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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
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SOS – simply a call for help!

Susan Faler, Community Relations Director “SOS” is the international call sent out by ship or plane indicating that help or rescue is needed. SOS isn’t an acronym – it stands for nothing at all – except help! Just like the local non-profit organization SOS, Inc., there is not special significance in the letters themselves, just simply – a call for help. SOS, Inc. is
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Password Protect our Future

The following rules apply to your password. Use one capital letter, one number and one symbol. The symbol cannot be a * ( ) $ or !. No spaces, no running ………… Ahhhhh! We live in a society literally locked with all of the rules about passwords and the growing instances of identity theft.

But there is one item we have failed to “password protect,” OUR CHILDREN!
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Domestic Violence questions you’ve wanted to ask, but didn’t!

We interviewed Yvette Sosa, SOS bilingual victim advocate, to learn answers to the burning questions you’ve wanted to ask, but never did. What is the most common type of domestic abuse? Verbal and emotional abuse. “It usually starts with name calling – making the person feel worthless,” said Yvette. “Often victims talk themselves out of realizing they are being victimized by minimizing the situation….
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Men Can Stop Rape: Four Things You Can Do To Take A Stand

Rape is often viewed as a women’s issue. SOS would challenge you to view rape as everyone’s issue.  In fact men can stop rape!  Men can be a voice of safety for women!  And men can take a stand to end violence against women today! Here are four things you can do to take a stand today! Provide a Distraction!  If you see someone
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Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers

The SOS Child Advocacy Center was fortunate to have Cerina Marlar from the Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers come to visit last week!  Cerina is the Program Manager of Mental Health and Victim Advocacy and made a special trip to Kansas to tour numerous Child Advocacy Centers in Kansas as well as attend our state Child Advocacy Centers meeting.  She spent time at our
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P.S. It’s My Body!

When most people think of coming into contact with a six foot tall bear the most common feeling is fear! However, not when our friendly 6 foot tall Happy Bear comes to visit. Happy Bear is a friendly character in a personal safety curriculum called P.S. It’s My Body!, which is used by SOS advocates in local schools. He is a loving bear that teaches safety to children beginning at preschool age and used most often until 1st grade.
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