BELOIT (WREX) — Survivors of home violence and sexual assault face so many challenges earlier than, throughout and after the incidents they stay via.
One of many largest being discovering someplace to go for assist.
Proper throughout the stateline in Beloit, the reply to that query is Household Companies.
That is the place Stephanie Hormig, born and raised between Rockford and Beloit, works as a survivor advocate.
“I feel that anyone that is in a social work area or a serving to area felt pulled to it for some motive,” Hormig mentioned.
Stephanie particularly works with survivors within the LGBTQ+ neighborhood.
Being part of the neighborhood herself, she takes delight in having the ability to assist folks navigate the troublesome journey of a survivor.
“We’re very fortunate to have a 5 yr grant to the place I can particularly work with the LGBTQ neighborhood not solely being part of it but in addition seeing the stats of home violence inside the neighborhood is staggering,” Hormig mentioned.
“It is nearly double that of heterosexual relationships.”
Hormig’s co-workers admire her skill to attach with people who stroll into household providers, it makes her invaluable to the trigger of their eyes.
“She is really grounded in addressing the effectively being and serving to everyone she comes into contact with whether or not it is her coworkers or the survivors she’s working with,” Household Companies director of survivor empowerment providers Kelsey Hood-Christenson mentioned.
Stephanie’s skill to attach comes from a shared expertise, being a survivor of home violence and sexual assault.
To not say she makes use of her private story to construct a bridge, however she feels having the ability to come throughout as a kindred spirit helps different survivors open up.
“To have the ability to say ‘Hey, there are the reason why folks like me get into this area. I occur to be a home violence and sexual assault survivor how can I make it easier to to get previous or how can I make it easier to discover the justice that you simply want,” Hormig mentioned.
“It is part of me nevertheless it does not outline me.”
At Household Companies, they know survivors began the trail towards prevention and survivors will proceed transferring that work ahead.
“Folks like Stephanie can carry a ardour and an empathy to people who they’re working with that’s immediately acknowledged by these survivors,” Hood-Christenson mentioned.