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Victim Services Offers Help if You Experience These Indicators of Emotional Abuse

Victim Services assists women suffering emotional abuse through programs of YWCA St. Joseph.Victim Services at YWCA St. Joseph wants to help you if you are experiencing an abusive relationship or are concerned for a loved one who may be in a potentially abusive relationship. These relationships may not have outward manifestations, but they could still be abusive. If you are concerned that a relationship is emotionally abusive, here are five indicators of abuse:

Your partner attempts to control you. This might mean limiting your contact with friends or family, insisting they need to know where you are at all times or demanding access to your email or text accounts. They may also take over the kinds of decisions you should be making yourself, such as what you eat or wear.

They make threats. It can be a threat that they’ll hurt themselves, that they’ll report you for your abusive behavior or that they’ll hurt someone you love.

Their anger gets destructive. Have your fights ended in scheduling a home repair? Maybe they punched a hole in the wall or threw a table across the room on a consistent basis. These types of behaviors can cause a victim to backpedal in order to preserve peace – and possessions. If you find that you give in during a fight in order to help your spouse or partner calm down and not become destructive, that can be an indicator of emotional abuse.

Things get twisted. Have you ever gone to your partner with a complaint and found yourself apologizing? Emotional abuse often involves twisting the conversation until you’re on the defensive. If you protest, you’re accused of being too sensitive.

You’re not comfortable. Emotional abuse victims often describe the atmosphere with their partner as “walking on eggshells.” If you feel like much of your attention is focused simply on not upsetting your partner, that’s an indication that you may be experiencing emotional abuse in your relationship.

If any of these indicators bear a resemblance to the reality in your relationship or in a loved one’s life, contact Victim Services at YWCA St. Joseph. While taking the initial step can be difficult and frightening, the team at Victim Services is experienced at helping women make the transition into a better future. We offer a 24-hour crisis hotline, professional counseling, safe housing, specialized children’s programs, support groups, life-skills groups, court advocacy and referrals to other services. Contact us at YWCA St. Joseph for more information.

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Victim Services Offer Practical Help and Hope for a Better Future

crisis shelterIf you were escaping a dangerous domestic situation, you would want compassion from somewhere that you knew you could go to get help. You’d also want practical help, but at YWCA St. Joseph Victim Services, you not only receive both of these things, you are also offered hope.

Victim Services is one of the core ways that YWCA St. Joseph empowers women. By offering the Shelter for Abused and Homeless Women and Children as well as Bliss Manor Housing Program, women who are in a transition time of their lives are encouraged to look at the future with new eyes.

Victim Services offers assistance in a variety of forms, including:

  • Case management
  • Personal advocacy
  • Specialized children’s programs
  • Support groups
  • Life skills groups
  • Referrals to additional services
  • Court advocacy

Each of these services does more than simply solve a problem or meet a need. It also helps women and their children to get the support they need to feel safe and grow in their confidence as they recover from difficult circumstances. The programs are designed to equip participants with the resources they need to envision a new start and then take the first steps to thrive.

Consider the role that Victim Services played in the St. Joseph area in 2017:

  • Provided shelter to 229 women and 185 children
  • Individual therapy sessions were provided to 1,769 individuals
  • Answered 2,102 hotline calls
  • Coordinated 104 children’s support groups
  • Provided 2,310 hours of case management and advocacy services

This is just a sampling of the important work that YWCA St. Joseph does to meet the individualized needs of each victim of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Following a stay at the Shelter, many women and their children benefit from an extended stay in a safe location. Bliss Manor allows families to gain stability and explore employment possibilities as they pursue self-sufficiency. In 2017:

  • Bliss Manor housed 39 adults and 32 children
  • 100% of Bliss Manor residents created a personal goal plan

To learn more about Victim Services at YWCA St. Joseph, visit our website. Looking for a way to get involved? No matter what your schedule and skill set, we have a place for you and we look forward to working with you.

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