January 23, 2007
Hello all! Happy New YearJ It has been awhile since the last newsletter and there have been a lot of exciting things occurring that I want to make sure you know about.
Just an important note: I have started a new job and I will no longer be in an office all day so it may take a few days for me to respond to your emails and phone calls. For the best response please call my cell phone (this is the only phone number to get to me, the old one is for my old office that someone else is in now) 580-583-5165. The email address to email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be there to help you with anything that you need to set up anything you need! Just please be patient with me and I will get back to youJ
We have some exciting news: Janet Hagberg a founder of Silent Witness will be on the following Radio Show to talk about the Silent Witness Project. Please see the following information for more details.
The Power of One: What's Your Mission?
Click here to listen to the live streaming Internet radio at 1 PM PST, 3 PM CST, or 4 PM EST this Wednesday, January 17. You can also call in to 1-866-472-5788 during the live show with your questions and insights. Missed the show? ... Download the archived show from the same link anytime! Bookmark the show and download the desktop icon HERE
For a sneak peek at the exciting show on Wednesday, January 17 at 1 PM PST, 3 PM CST, and 4 PM ET, go to Click here....
The Power of One: What's Your Mission? with host Debra Berg is a different
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FEATURED THIS WEEK... What motivates a domestic abuse survivor to want to help
others survive? Judith House felt inadequate but compelled to do something.
Today, Fresh Start of Indiana, that began in Judith's home a few years ago, now teaches
victims from the city to the rural areas throughout Indiana how to escape their abusers and achieve financial and emotional
Listen in as Debra interviews these two courageous power
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It's your "bump from the soundbite slump" and it's news that's good for the heart and mind.
Tune in! Learn how you have the power to make an important difference!
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I would love for you to send me updates on where you are displaying the silhouettes and other ways you are making a difference and ending domestic homicide! I know there are going to be lots of displays throughout the month of October!! Please tell me about them!! Please email me any stories or press releases that you have! I love to add them to the newsletter! Silentwitness2010@gmail.com
Here are some reminders of ways that you can help Silent Witness!
TO ALL YOU EBAY USERS!
1. eBay Giving Works is the dedicated program for charity listings on eBay, enabling you to list items on eBay and donate part or all of the final sale price to your favorite nonprofit organizations. Unique search and listing features allow you to build your business while supporting causes important to you. Since 2000, more than $54 million has been raised for charity from listings sold on eBay worldwide. The minimum item price is $5. For detailed information on how to sell your item go to http://givingworks.ebay.com/sell/ Select Silent Witness as your nonprofit organization.
PLEASE HELP US WITH THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT INFORMATION!!
2. We need to make a new database with the names of the women you are using in your exhibits. PLEASE help us with this, we would really appreciate it. I have attached a questionnaire about your exhibit. We would like to make a database so that when people would like to start an exhibit we already have the names of people to use and if the state coordinators change we will have a central location for the database. We would also love to be able to tell family members when they talk to us if their names are being used and where they are used. Thank you in advanced for you help. We really appreciate it!!
3. There is new and easy way to raise money for Silent Witness just by searching the Internet with Goodsearch.com.
It's simple. You use GoodSearch.com like any other search engine — the site is powered by Yahoo! — but each time you do, money is generated for Silent Witness.
Last year, search engines generated close to $6 billion in revenue from advertisers. With GoodSearch part of this advertising revenue will now be directed to Silent Witness.
We hope that not only will you use GoodSearch as your main search engine from here on out, but will also pass this message on to your friends and family. The more people who use this, the more money will go to Silent Witness.
This is a new section to highlight people all over the world who are doing an amazing job with the Silent Witness Organization. This time I would like talk about Carolyn Arnston from Oregon. She is doing a wonderful job as the state coordinator. She is finding exhibits all across the state and connecting them to the national organization and together within the state. She is asking them to fill out role call so that we know what women’s stories are being used and when the exhibits are being used. It is wonderful! Her goal is to have an exhibit for each county in the state and to make sure they are used a lot. She is doing a great job and I am excited to hear about all of the exhibits in the state of Oregon. The state is doing a wonderful job getting the word out and educating people all over the state.
I would like to welcome our new newsletter subscribers:
PLEASE HELP WE NEED COORDINATORS FOR THE FOLLOWING STATES:
We now have an official job description:
The state coordinator keeps track of who in the state have exhibits. Some coordinators have regular correspondence, usually by email, with the groups. They are the contact person for someone who would like to start a new exhibit. They share the shield stories they already have in order to help people not repeat the work that was already done. Some may recruit new SW exhibits as well. Some may coordinate the donating and borrowing of an exhibit for people to use across the state. Some sponsor an event in October for everyone to come to, but others just publicize the events of others. They also keep in touch with us by email or phone to let us know what is happening, keep us up on emerging issues, ask for advice or other things they needed. This may take two to three hours a week in email correspondence. During busier times it may be up to four or five hours.
NEWS FROM THE STATES and COUNTRIES:
We have some great news from Little Rock Arkansas! They have created a silhouette for a woman in a wheelchair.
E mail from Trish Stewart, Victim
Witness Assistance Program Coordinator, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, NJ.
Sherry from Sheila’s Shawls
Hope Blossoms & Healing Shawls
Who isn’t comforted and warmed by a handmade gift? And if you’re a victim of family violence or abuse, the gift is even more meaningful. The social stigma attached to being a victim is so great that victims often suffer alone. Hope Blossoms and Healing Shawls send a caring and validating message to those suffering family violence – “I believe you, you are not alone, and the abuse is not your fault.”
If you and your neighborhood friends, faith or other membership group can hold a crochet hook or knitting needles, then you can learn to create a Hope Blossom for a woman who needs your support while finding her way to safety and peace.
Women who are called to testify in Court often re-experience the abuse on the witness stand as they are forced to review and speak about traumatizing violent events. A woman can hold a Hope Blossom in her hand to bring calm and strength when she needs it most.
Other friends and advocates can knit or crochet a healing shawl or scarf to be draped over a woman’s shoulders by a chaplain or an advocate/attorney or other law enforcement partners at the Ann Patterson Dooley Family Safety Center, at Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Call Rape, and other agencies that serve victims of violent family crime, or at medical emergency rooms where personal injuries are being treated. Your group can make the difference of a lifetime to a traumatized woman or child in need of community friendship and support.
Hope Blossom and Healing Shawl projects achieve multiple objectives:
1. Provides the possibility for new friendships.
2. Allows you to serve close to home.
3. Provides flexibility for your volunteer service.
4. Learn new skills.
5. Become more informed about Tulsa social service providers and community needs.
6. Relieves isolation that often leads to depression and other health problems.
1. Helps to relieve isolation from the community.
2. Creates a feeling of connection to others.
3. Relieves feelings of loneliness.
4. The gift can provide “comfort-on-call” when it is wanted or needed.
1. Brings people and neighbors together for a mutual purpose.
2. Encourages people and group members to look out for one another.
3. Reflects the community spirit of a neighborhood group- this is a marketing point for home sellers and buyers in your neighborhood.
4. Your church or other member group service to support safe families is a magnet for like-minded people looking for a service or faith group to join.
1. Can educate citizens about issues impacting Green Country families when members or a religious group, neighbors, and the community are informed of service activity to benefit others in need.
2. Leads to dialogue between citizens and agency representatives in regard to perceived community needs.
3. Potential to involve people not currently involved in a public service effort or affiliated with a faith institution.
The first two photos (attached) are from the Hillsboro Oregon DV event. It was amazing. Probably 300 people. Spanish and English speakers. Booths. Fun times. Silent Witnesses!
The next image is from the Raphael House DV Summit in the Pioneer Square in downtown Portland. Wonderful music brought hundreds to the square where there were more than a dozen other "partners" who serve the dv needs of clients. The silent witnesses were all over the huge square. Most of the tv stations covered.
Pictures from the exhibit at the Capitol
From the CAPEV update:
The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community is hosting Mobilizing the African American Community to End Domestic Violence: A Contract for Change at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, CA, March 19 - 20, 2007. Participants will examine successful mobilization efforts focused on various aspects of domestic violence among African Americans and explore the early days of mainstream domestic violence and civil rights movements as successful models that produced societal change. For more information, please visit www.dvinstitute.org/conferences/2007.htm.
From Lois Herman:
Pictures from Czech Republic:
From Lois Herman
I am in Prague for a UN Conference. Tomorrow, on the International Day on Violence Against Women, I will be a part of the Silent Witness Exhibit in the center of Prague, and will give a speech on Silent Witness.
There are stars whose radiance is
visible on earth
Sincerely, Cassie Douglas
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