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

Update from the Domestic Violence Program

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