Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Update from the Domestic Violence Program


A victim of domestic violence faces many challenges, however, during these times with COVID-19, they are faced with even more barriers.  Those who are living at home with their abuser during these times during the “stay at home, stay safe” order is not a safe option.   For them, they are literally staying at home and trying to survive.



As we expected, calls are beginning to surge, as we knew there would be a spike in requests for services.  For the first couple of weeks into the stay at home order, calls were normal, and in fact, down.  However, the last couple of weeks, they are beginning to significantly increase. 



For victims of domestic violence, their abusers take this opportunity to inflict their power and control even more so, due to the pandemic, especially for those victims who may have recently left their abusive relationship just prior to the stay at home order, and now the abuser is contacting them and making empty promises that they have changed, begging them to return home, and taking advantage of trying to push the right buttons to persuade their partner they need them and promising them how things will be different.  For many, their financial situation is another barrier that keeps them from being away from their abuser. 



For children – with schools closing and them not having access to their teachers, coaches, social workers to confide in (all of whom are mandated reporters), they are not seeing children in person to be able to notice the signs of abuse to in fact report it.



Since March 17th through June 9th, Dove’s Domestic Violence Program has assisted in 84 Emergency Orders of Protection and have placed 16 adults and 6 children in off-site shelter.  Staff have continued to answer all 5 of our 24-hour hotlines in all of our counties – Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby and DeWitt.   In addition to off-site shelter and legal advocacy pertaining to order of protection assistance, we have provided safety planning, crisis and telephone counseling, information and referrals.



For anyone in need of services who is a victim of domestic violence, call 217.423.2238 for Macon County; 217.935.6072 for DeWitt County; 217.728.9334 for Moultrie County; 217.762.2122 for Piatt County; and 217.774.4888 for Shelby County. 



Teri Ducy, Director

Dove Domestic Violence Program

Dove, Inc.

Our agency is called Dove, Inc.

The name change from DOVE Inc. to Dove, Inc. came about in 1983.

Looking through some early DoveTales, our newsletter, the name change came about with a Long Range Plan of the then governing body, Dove's General Board.

from the May 1983 issue
…"* Change in our official name from DOVE Inc. to Dove, Inc."

from the September 1983 issue
"NOTICE OF CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE
At the Fall General Board meeting, a Constitutional Amendment will be proposed to the membership.  This amendment will officially change the name of our ministry from 'DOVE Inc.' to 'Dove, Inc.'  The purpose is to make it easier for people to find us in directories.  The Fall meeting will be at 7 p.m. October 24 at Oreana Christian Church, Oreana, Ill."

and then from the December 1983 issue
"The formal name of our organization is now Dove, Inc.  Formerly we were known as DOVE Inc.  This change was ratified at the General Board Meeting October 24, and will make it easier for people to find our listings in directories.  Please make this change in your records."

It's a formal name and the legal name.

It used to be a acronym, Disciples of Volunteer Enlistment.  People still ask me today what it stands for, trying to fit "domestic violence" into the D and the V.  I tell a story, told to me by Fred Spannaus, the then Executive Director when I started at Dove, that when Dove went ecumenical, they dropped the reference to Disciples of Christ Churches - the founding churches - to make welcome to all denominations.  I like that story better than finding the name in directories, so I'll keep using it.

Our agency is called Dove, Inc.  We have many program names and event names.  We keep our roots with a strong tie to area congregations and volunteers support our programs as well as other agencies through RSVP.  We will add programs and change programs and find programs are not needed any longer and let them go.  We will keep the name of Dove, Inc.
Barbara Blakey
Director of Volunteers and Community Relations

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Updates to the Services offered by the Domestic Violence Program


What a challenging time we are in!  We are well aware of the risk that victims of domestic violence are especially facing during this time.  Although we have been primarily working remotely, we have continued to answer our 24-hour hotlines in all of the 5 counties we serve, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby and DeWitt.  We have continued to assist with Orders of Protection and provided telephone counseling.  Beginning Monday, June 1, 2020 staff will be available in person in each of our offices on a limited basis.  Social distancing will be required and everyone must wear a mask upon entry into our buildings.

Please check below for updates, county by county.

The Macon County Office in Decatur will have staff available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to  4:30 p.m. and will be available for walk-in appointments for individual counseling and assistance with Orders of Protection.  The hotline number is 217.423.2238.

The Moultrie County  Office will open for walk-in services to assist with Orders of Protection and individual counseling with office hours of Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  Our 24-hr hotline is always available and can be accessed by calling 217.728.9334.  We will screen for symptoms before anyone can enter the office and masks must be worn if it is necessary to be closer than six feet.

The DeWitt County Office is now more readily available for walk-ins for Emergency Orders of Protection, individual counseling and assistance for clients who have suffered from domestic violence.  Our hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We will screen for symptoms before anyone can enter the office and masks must be worn if it is necessary to be closer than six feet.

The Shelby County  Office will be reopening on a part-time basis and we are happy to be able to begin to slowly resume normal operations as guidelines allow.  Our hours here in Shelbyville are noon to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Other hours can be available by appointment if these times are not workable for everyone.  As of now, our court system will also begin hearing all types of cases on an in-person basis with limits on the number of cases scheduled in person each day.  Masks must be worn to enter the courthouse.  Please call 217.774.3121 to schedule appointments; it may be necessary at times to leave a message.  For crisis situations, please continue to call 217.774.4888. We will screen for symptoms before anyone can enter the office and masks must be worn if it is necessary to be closer than six feet.  I look forward to seeing all of you in person.

The Piatt County  Office will be open Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,  to serve walk-in and client appointments.  All coming for services must wear a mask. The hotline will, as always, continue to serve the community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 217.762.2122.
Support Groups will not restart until the middle to end of June.  Check back for more information on those meeting.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

May is Older Americans Month


Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month in May. A time to encourage and celebrate countless contributions that our older adults make to our communities. Your time, experience, and talents benefit family, peers, and neighbors every day. Communities, organizations, and individuals of all ages are making their marks. We want to thank you all for making your mark as part of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. We love the big and bold marks volunteers are leaving on our communities every day. During this COVID pandemic many of you have been making your mark on our community by sharing your talent and making masks. There has been a wonderful response from our volunteers to help make masks for our partner stations. This allows our community partners to continue serving others in a much safer manner. It is times like these that our volunteers help to carry us all through with experience, support, and talent. Thank you for Making your Mark in our communities.
Charlie Gillaspie, RSVP / SCP Director

Friday, November 15, 2019

Countdown to Christmas!


I always get excited about working on the Christmas Baskets Program in late summer and early fall. There’s a lot to be excited about this year, including our new partnership with Toys For Tots. I’m also excited to be working with several new schools and agencies in Macon County, including Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center, Meridian Elementary School, Richland Community College, St. Patrick’s Catholic School and Warrensburg Elementary.


When you have a goal of serving up to 3000 children, you have to make some new connections and come up with new ways of doing things.


The other thing we’re doing this year that we haven’t before is having our Christmas Baskets Team take public applications. The way this works is that we set up in our conference room downstairs at Dove, Inc., and spend the day signing people up who walk in for an application.


On Thursday, November 14, from 8:30 – noon, and 1 – 5 pm and 6 – 8 pm anyone in Macon County who’s in need of a basket can come by, show proof of need (through the use of a medical card, WIC booklet, unemployment letter, etc.), proof of who’s living in the home (again, medical cards are great, but birth certificates, photo ID’s or pieces of mail addressed to each person individually are acceptable), and be signed up to receive a basket. We’re doing this again the following week, as well, on Tuesday, November 19, during all the same times. If you or someone you know are in need of a basket, please come by one of those two days so we can assist you! We’re happy to help.

We are still going to be cross-referencing with other agencies doing Christmas baskets so we can all serve the most people possible without over-serving any one family, so if you sign up with us, please don’t sign up somewhere else, too.


We’ve already begun receiving donations – including 700 or so more blankets from Project Linus, who were awesome enough to think of us again this year – and we’ve got quite a stash of toys building in our hallway. The only thing this year we’re asking not to receive are clothes.


We’re definitely still in need of the following:

  • Stockings (call for a pattern if you need one!)
  • Hats and gloves in all sizes
  • Wrapping paper (partial rolls are okay)
  • Tape

Volunteers – please call Angie, Basket Program Coordinator
 at 217.428.6616 
or email her at awilliams@doveinc.org to schedule a time! 


Friday, August 23, 2019

Journey to Justice




Registration Open Through Noon on August 28!


There is still time to register for this wonderful event!!!  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear what these 2 dynamic speakers, Kit Gruelle and Mark Wynn, both nationally recognized advocates for victims of domestic violence, will be sharing with us in our Journey to Justice!!  Kit is a survivor of domestic violence and has worked in the field as an advocate for nearly 30 years, training scores of advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, health care providers, clergy and others on the effects domestic violence has on each and every one of us in our world today.  Mark is a retired Lt. of Nashville Metropolitan Police Department and travels the country on a mission to change society’s response to crimes against adult and child victims of domestic violence. He is a national expert on child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault and has received 121 commendations and 51 awards and certificates.  Mark relates exceptionally well with members of the criminal justice system – from law enforcement personnel to prosecutors and public defenders to judges and advocates. 


Be sure not to miss this opportunity and plan to attend this very worthwhile and much needed event in our community.  Sign up today – the event is free, but registration is required.   Help us fill the room to hear these extraordinary trainers as they share their stories and hope in our Journey to Justice!!!!


Teri Ducy, Director

Dove Domestic Violence Program

Friday, July 5, 2019

Children’s Rap Session


The Children’s Rap Session is a part of Dove, Inc.’s Homeward Bound program and provides homeless and formerly homeless youth (age seven and up) the chance to partake in a positive and structured learning environment—discussing topics such as safety, peer pressure, problem solving, goal setting, critical thinking, self-esteem, life skills, as well as an opportunity to express their feelings. With each session, the children watch a video, have a discussion, and/or complete an activity that addresses that session’s topic. Daciena Simmons is the Children’s Specialist for Homeward Bound and she not only leads these weekly sessions, but also provides one-on-one services to the children in the program, offering family counseling (intervention as needed) and is an advocate for Homeward Bound children within the school system, too. Currently, Daciena is in need of supplies to go along with her weekly lesson plans for the Rap Sessions. The following items needed are: Pencils, Paper, Paint, Paint Brushes, Colored Pencils, Glue Gun, Scissors, Clay, Planting Seeds, Small Flower Pots, and Yarn (various colors). Donations are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at Homeward Bound.
Caitlin Cannon 

Update from the Domestic Violence Program

A victim of domestic violence faces many challenges, however, during these times with COVID-19, they are faced with even more barriers.  ...