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Departments Slow to Police Their Own Abusers. Stop The Violence, violence, domestic, Dottie Davi - Story | OZARKSFIRST. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield area continues to see a growing number of domestic violence cases. Some of these cases are deadly. That's why the Springfield area's "Family Task Violence Force" met today for a "Stop The Violence" conference. Many domestic violence victims don't realize they are in a dangerous or life-threatening situation.

It often takes an outside source of support to remove a victim from the situation. Sometimes it's the person you least expect. "I grew up in a very violent household," says Dottie Davis, a Domestic Violence Expert. Davis was a law enforcement officer in Fort Wayne, Indiana for 32 years. Dottie Davis shared her story with a room full of people in the Plaster Student Union on Thursday, October 30th. "Victims can come in all shapes and sizes. Captain David Millsap with Springfield Police Department says -- to truly stop the violence -- everyone needs to be on the lookout for their family, friends, and co-workers.

Stop the Violence Conference – Keynote Speakers | Community Partnership of the Ozarks. A veteran film star, best-selling author, renowned advocate for violence prevention, and the first Cuban-born football player to land a tryout with the Miami Dolphins, Victor Rivas Rivers has come a long way since being an abused, angry gang member. In fact, given his violent upbringing, few of those achievements were ever likely. If not for individuals in his community who were willing to take a stand on his behalf, Rivers doubts he would be alive today. In his beautifully crafted memoir, A Private Family Matter: A Memoir, and the upcoming sequel, A Public Family Matter: Journey of An Accidental Activist, Rivers shares his remarkable life story with the world. Now one of the most well-known domestic violence activists, Rivers uses his voice to advocate for the safety all women and children.

So how did Rivers break the cycle of violence? At age 12, Rivers visited his local police department to report a lifetime of crime inflicted upon himself, his mother, siblings and pets. Carnegie resident to be honored for domestic-violence awareness. Colleen Bowers will be honored Thursday for her work in raising awareness of domestic violence. Bowers will receive the Center for Victims' Peace It Together “Freedom from Silence” award tonight for her work with domestic-violence awareness in the community. Bowers, whose daughter, Melissa, was murdered in 2012 as the result of domestic violence, has worked hard to increase awareness of domestic abuse and raising funds for the Pittsburgh-based Center For Victims. The annual award is given to an individual or family that the center has worked with throughout the year, said Fran Trimpey, the center's development director.

“It's sort of humbling in one area, but also, you don't want to be recognized for this award because it means you have lost something,” Bowers said. Bowers, of Carnegie, worked to promote last year's Piece it Together theme: “Men Ending violeNce, MEN Challenge and Pledge.” “Everything I've done is driven though what has happened to my daughter,” Bowers said. HopeLine Hero - Domestic Violence Awareness. Verizon Wireless recently presented Massachusetts resident Lillian O’Donnell with a HopeLine Hero Award to recognize her dedication to eradicating domestic abuse within the local community. The HopeLine Hero Award honors members of the community who have gone above and beyond to support domestic violence awareness and prevention. Lillian, a parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Parish Church in Malden, says that the 2014 Lenten Season marks her 12th year collecting phones for the HopeLine from Verizon program within her parish.

HopeLine from Verizon connects survivors of domestic violence to vital resources, funds organizations nationwide and recycles unusable phones to help protect the environment. While O’Donnell encourages phone donations at the parish year-round, she makes a dedicated push for contributions throughout Lent and her hard work has helped raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence. In Honor of Domestic Violence Awareness, Dress Up for Halloween as Your Favorite Victim or Abuser! GJ officer honored for spreading domestic-violence awareness. Make a Difference Award RECIPIENT Sgt.

Lonnie Chavez of the Grand Junction Police Department will be honored at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday on the steps of the state Capitol for his work in increasing awareness of domestic violence. The Make a Difference Award is given to two people a year in Colorado who put survivors of domestic violence first in their work and positively impact their community and the state. By Amy Hamilton Sunday, October 3, 2010 Grand Junction Police Sgt. Armed with this information and logging in plenty of off-the-clock hours, Chavez began delving into the complexities surrounding domestic violence, one of the most common calls to which police respond.

Chavez now trains other police officers how best to handle domestic violence calls and acts a liaison with domestic violence advocates to help them better understand enforcement’s role. Chavez, who has been with the Police Department 14 years, will be honored for his efforts Tuesday in Denver. 20 Warning Signs of an Emotionally Abusive Relationship. An emotionally abusive relationship is harmful to your confidence and self-esteem, and you may not even be aware of the abuse. Unlike physical abuse that causes physical pain and leaves visible markings, the signs of emotional abuse are not as apparent. Research shows that emotional abuse is as damaging to a person as both physical and sexual abuse. The study that followed 846 at-risk children over a 14-year period shows that the most common abuse is the psychological threat to safety and security.

The reason emotional abuse is so harmful is because it affects how we think about ourselves. It comes in the form of actions, attitude and words that are meant to demean and humiliate. It is used as a form of control often leaving the victim feeling confused, powerless and afraid. All abuse directly attacks our self-esteem, but emotional abuse does it directly by linking our self-worth to being loved. They constantly humiliate you in front of other people. This is not our fault. Follow Me: HopeLine Hero Dottie Davis Helps Domestic Violence Survivors. May 12, 2015 When domestic violence is personal, there’s no letting go.

For retired Indiana law enforcement officer Dottie Davis, it means decades invested in volunteer service, advocacy, training, tracking and analysis of trends. If the world has become a better place for survivors, it’s through awareness and education. But for Davis, who has been featured in The New York Times, there’s still a long way to go. “We have to stop blaming the victim,” she said. Sadly, she notes that Indiana has more animal shelters than domestic violence shelters. “We’re still struggling to keep shelters staffed and alive in our communities. And without emergency funds for transportation and lodging when Hoosier shelters are at critical overflow, victims have nowhere to go. HopeLine from Verizon’s $50,000 grant to the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence will bridge the immense gap by elevating a fund that has been at deficient levels for nearly a decade.

Excerpt from The New York Times in 2013: Ms. HopeLine Hero Dispatchers: Text to 911 Lifesavers in Indiana. May 19, 2015 It sounds so simple: Text a 911 alert to emergency responders for help in a situation when moments matter and lives are threatened. But it was years in the making for many states. Now Indiana is one of three states in the lead to make text to 911 happen, and one Indiana county in particular participated in the pilot project that’s now a model for the state. At the Bartholomew County Public Safety Answering Point, anyone can text for help, and dispatchers are trained to text back on a wireless call hang-up. For many domestic violence victims, this option has been a critical lifeline. Ed Reuter, the county’s emergency operations director, remembers when it came off the Hollywood screen and into his dispatcher training as he showed a trailer from the movie “The Call.”

Reuter said it’s not a scenario anyone wants to have happen in real life. And it’s already happening in his county — with this survivor’s story featured on RTV6, the ABC affiliate in Indianapolis. Northport Boy Scout Named Verizon Wireless HopeLine Hero -- re> EAST NORTHPORT, N.Y., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- NCJFCJ President Judge Peggy Walker Honored as Verizon's 2014 HopeLine Hero for Her Domestic Violence Work | National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Verizon Contributes More Than $800,000 To Support Georgia's Domestic Violence Organizations in 2014 Company Hosts Event Thanking Organizations for Their Work, Honoring the Military's Domestic Violence Programs, Presenting the 2014 HopeLine Hero Award and Giving $10,000 to Atlanta Mission for Holiday Dinner ALPHARETTA, Ga., Nov. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In a ceremony held today at the company's South Area headquarters Verizon announced it has donated more than $800,000 to domestic violence advocacy organizations across the state of Georgia in 2014.

The event was held to show gratitude to over 50 organizations for their tireless work in domestic violence awareness and prevention efforts. Additionally, in honor of Veteran's Day, the company recognized Georgia's military organizations doing exceptional work in domestic violence prevention. Verizon Wireless Presents 2014 HopeLine Hero Award The event also honored Judge Peggy H. About Verizon Wireless About the Verizon Foundation. HopeLine Hero Sgt. Dawn Higgins Prevents Domestic Violence. May 7, 2015 When you’re surrounded by domestic violence for a living, the calls for help can come at any time.

Dawn Higgins, a 32-year-employee of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, found herself in that position when a young girl called her daughter at home asking for help. Even though Higgins was off duty and it was in the middle of a snow storm, she strapped on her equipment and made her way to the residence. Always on. Never off. That’s not only a police officer’s life, but it’s Higgins’ commitment to an issue that has been part of her professional life for a very long time. She’s also the only law enforcement board member of Coburn Place Safe Haven, a group that received $50,000 in 2014 HopeLine support from Verizon. She called the furor and outrage over the now infamous Ray Rice video “just a microcosm of an everyday occurrence.”

“The public just doesn’t get it. As Higgins notes, innocent children are often in harm’s way in domestic violence incidents. Local Hero Works To 'Stop Domestic Violence Now' | Local 24 News | News, Weather and Sports for Memphis & the Mid-South | WATN-TV. MEMPHIS, TN ( violence is a big problem right here in the Mid-South and one local man is working to bring it to an end. Just across the street from 201 Poplar, in an unassuming building, is the Tennessee Correctional Services.

It's where a lot of offenders get a second chance. Wilbert Hill is the man responsible for that, program manager of the Private Probation Services Company. "Any conditions they have to do from the court, we supervise that," said Hill. But the paperwork on his desk seems to be leaning more and more towards one offense-domestic violence. He holds classes that the court requires. "We started off with one class and it stayed pretty full, but then all of a sudden, another day, then two different days, Saturdays, so we have classes everyday except Sunday and Friday," said Hill. "We as men have to stand up and say no more.

Hill wants all the domestic violence cases that land on his desk to disappear so tragedies like those never happen again. Kim Lee Becomes Hero For Battered Wives In China. BEIJING -- Her head was ringing from the blows. Once, twice, three times, her husband slammed her face into the living room floor. Kim Lee tried to twist her tall but skinny frame out from under his 91-kilogram (200-pound) body, scraping her elbows and knees on the carpet.

He kept on pounding. Eight, nine, 10 times – she thought she might black out. Then, close to the floor, she glimpsed the neon pink-painted toenails of her 3-year-old daughter, Lydia. "Damn it! " It wasn't the first time in their relationship that Li Yang, a Chinese celebrity entrepreneur, had struck her – but for his American wife, it was going to be the last. She scooped up her wailing child, grabbed their passports and a wad of cash, and walked out of their Beijing apartment. Domestic violence everywhere lives in the shadows, and in China it thrives in a secrecy instilled by tradition that holds family conflicts to be private. Li persuaded her to move to China to work for him. He hung up. Lee started to push back. Cleveland Hero Was A Repeat Domestic Abuser.

MAY 8--The Cleveland man credited with helping free female captives from a house of horrors is a convicted felon whose rap sheet includes three separate domestic violence convictions that resulted in prison terms, court records show. Charles Ramsey, whose 911 call and subsequent TV interviews have made him a microcelebrity, was once a repeat spousal abuser whose marriage ended in divorce following a 2003 felony conviction for battering his wife. Ramsey, 43, has said that when he heard captive Amanda Berry screaming and trying to escape from neighbor Ariel Castro’s home on Monday, "I figured it’s a domestic violence dispute.” Ramsey has also reportedly said that he went to help Berry because he “was raised to help women in distress.” Ramsey’s first domestic violence charge came in February 1997.

Following his release from custody, Ramsey violated probation terms, according to an April 1999 court docket entry. Ramsey was again busted for domestic abuse in January 2003. Residence. Against Violence | Be a Hero. San Juan men take lead role in campaign against domestic violence. Local men are taking a public stand in opposition to violence against women. Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of the San Juans has been holding a fundraising campaign to get 100 “stand up” men to donate $100 in tribute to a woman in their life. “This is a way for men to get involved but also be recognized for it,” said DVSAS Community Advocate Alison Sanders. “Men have been honoring daughters, mothers, partners. It’s been really sweet.” Donors have until the end of May to make donations at The campaign has not yet reached 100 men. The contribution will go towards safety planning tools and counseling services for victims and prevention outreach in the schools.

“The campaign was our director Kim Bryan’s idea. Richard Lowe, who is the only male victims advocate for DVSAS, is leading the men’s action group. “It’s about men approaching men,” he said. Sanders is hopeful that men on Lopez and Orcas will be next up to start an action group. ActionForSocialChange. Men as Agents of Change » OASIS. Change Agents - Making a Global Stand Against Domestic Violence Music, Lyrics, Songs, and Videos. Managing a Nonprofit Corporation - Nonprofit Topics | LegalZoom. Directors are responsible for the management and operation of a nonprofit corporation. Nonprofit directors can serve with or without compensation. If you decide to compensate directors, remember that compensation must be deemed "reasonable" by the IRS. Directors are under the same constraints of duty and care for a nonprofit corporation as they are for a "profit" corporation.

Most states require three directors. Some states only require one, including: When submitting a 501(c)(3) application or other exempt application, keep in mind the IRS generally likes to see an independent, financially disinterested board. The officers of a nonprofit corporation run the day-to-day activities. Teri Hatcher Breaks Down While Speaking at the United Nations About Her Own Sexual Abuse. Sullivan: UVa 'too good' to allow 'evil to reside' - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Richmond News, Crime & Politics.