WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) – The News Channel 6 City Guide is a section that shines a highlight on native companies, occasions, and nonprofits in your communities. On this episode, we’re highlighting First Step. It is a corporation that advocates for home violence survivors, whereas selling protected and wholesome household conduct via training, consciousness and supportive companies. Right here you possibly can see take step one in the direction of a neighborhood freed from violence.
“First Step is a non-profit group that has been serving Wichita Falls and the encircling areas for over 40 years,” Govt Director at First Step, Michelle Turnbow stated. “We have now companies for victims of home violence and sexual assault.”
They do consciousness packages, coaching across the neighborhood, shelter, protected home, counseling, assist teams, authorized advocacy and case administration. “We have now a whole lot of issues that go in so far as empowerment in serving to somebody who has gone via sexual assault or home violence to rebuild themselves, ” Turnbow stated.
One out of three ladies is a sufferer of sexual assault or home violence. “We’re not right here to guage you. It is a completely different world you’re strolling into, we’re right here to consider what you’re saying, and assist you and advocate for you,” Turnbow stated. “There’s an entire lot that First Step has achieved for this neighborhood.”
Home violence instances enhance was big throughout COVID, whereas folks needed to keep at dwelling in the course of the pandemic. First Step stayed open in the course of the pandemic to assist all of the victims who wanted assist, specifically these experiencing an unsafe setting at dwelling.
“I’m a survivor, and I do know seeing my very own life and my youngsters’s life, that it’s going to be superb that there are assets for my youngsters and so long as the opposite youngsters will be capable to see that there’s hope and there’s therapeutic, and that’s some of the stunning issues I believe there may be,” Stacey Lingbeek, Coordinator at First Step stated.
BIP stands for Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program, and it’s a brand new program they’re implementing via First Step to assist breaking the cycle of abuse. “We’re going to be holding the offenders accountable to the abuse and battering,” Lingbeek stated. “We assist them with the instruments to have wholesome relationships, so not solely we’re serving to the batterers themselves however we’re serving to the victims and the kids as effectively.”
There’s a whole lot of abuse that may occur via monetary abuse and emotional abuse, even earlier than it will get to the bodily abuse and escalates to bodily violence.
“Home violence doesn’t discriminate – it’s in all walks of life, all socio-economic teams, and all races, genders and sexual orientation – we see it in every single place,” Patti Mallow, Program Director at First Step stated. “You’ve the appropriate to be completely satisfied and be fulfilled in your life.”
In the event you or somebody in your life wants assist, you possibly can take step one by going to FirstStep.org or name their 24/7 Hotline at 1-800-658-2683 and discuss to an advocate at First Step.
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