January was National Stalking Awareness Month, and prevention specialist Kayla Woody hosted three different webinars to both Pleasant Grove Middle School and Shawnee High School classes. The House of Hope partnered with the Stalking Prevention Awareness Resource Center and Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County to provide much-needed information about signs of stalking and ways to prevent stalking.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and bringing the issues that often remain in the dark into the light provides the opportunity to stop cycles of harm. Citizen Potawatomi Nation House of Hope Prevention Specialist Kayla Woody believes education is the best tool.
January is National Stalking Awareness Month, and Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s House of Hope wants to educate everyone on this form of abuse and the reasons it is unacceptable.
The most effective way to help victims of domestic violence is learning to be an active bystander in your community. Bystander intervention is a vital part of the fight against domestic violence. An engaged bystander will be able to help someone by intervening before, during or after the situation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that Native women are murdered at a rate 10 times higher than other ethnicities, and murder is the third leading cause of death.
In September, the House of Hope had the pleasure of participating in the second annual Worth It Conference hosted by Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County. The idea behind Worth It is to empower young women to find identity and worth while supporting fellow female counterparts.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., per the CDC, and over 1.4 million Americans attempt each year. It is important to be able to notice the signs and provide help immediately because everyone is affected by suicide, not just the victim.
For victims of domestic violence, smartphone apps can increase the likelihood that their perpetrator is taken into custody and prosecuted.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline, which normally receives up to 2,000 calls per day, counted only 951 callers between March 10 and 24. This does not mean that help is not needed; it simply means these victims do not have an opportunity to contact anyone for help.
In the United States, violence against Native women has reached astonishing levels with more than half of this population reporting they experience sexual violence in their lifetime.