Willow Domestic Violence Center Practicum Presentation
COMMUNITY HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS Alisa Medina Fall 2011
WILLOW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CENTERProvides safe-shelter,peer counseling,advocacy, communitysupport groups andother services tosurvivors of domesticviolence in Douglas,Franklin, andJefferson counties. Founded in 1976, The Willow Domestic Violence Center was the first battered womans shelter in Kansas.
MISSION Strives to eliminate family and domestic violence in our communities by providing safety, education and advocacy. VISION Restoring the healthand safety of victims of family and domestic violence.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RATES IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES• Women with disabilities are more likely to experience abuse by a greater number of perpetrators and for longer periods than women without disabilities.• African American women experience domestic violence at a rate 35% higher than that of white females and about 2.5 times the rate of other races.• 41%-60% Asian women report experiencing domestic violence during their lifetime.• Native American women experience the highest rate of violence of any group in the U.S., 3.5 times greater than the national average.*Domestic Violence Communities of Color Face Sheet by Women of Color Network, 2009
POWER AND CONTROL WHEEL Helpful tool used in understanding the overall pattern of abusive and violent behaviors, which are used by a batterer to establish and maintain control over his partner
AT THE WILLOW…• General assessment of victims who do not qualify for the O.A.R.S. (Orientation, Assessment, Referral, and Safety) program. – The O.A.R.S. program is for individuals who are experiencing domestic and/or sexual abuse or violence AND receiving assistance from Social and Rehabilitation Services.• To assist the victims who do not qualify, The Willowenacted a new program where they can still receive helpthrough a volunteer who can offer other resources that maybe available to Willow
The Willow Domestic Violence Center does not discriminate with regard to race, religion, age, sexual orientation, national/ethnic origin, marital status, ability, or socioeconomic status. PRACTICUM PROJECTTo assess and evaluate the new program and provide feedbackand support to The Willow Center’s volunteer and staff. In which key stakeholders can review this report and evaluate the importance and value of this community program Crystal Camis – Director of Survivor Services -Key Contact at The Willow Center
PRACTICUM PRODUCT OUTCOME An evaluation report which will give specific details aboutthe progress of these victims and how Willow has assisted them, including the program’s utility, feasibility, propriety, and accuracy. Certain methods to be used in this evaluation includeinterviews (with Willow’s staff/volunteers & limited amountof victims), survey response from victims, community-level indicators of impact, and observations. The Willow Center can use this information to establish better ways in the future to reach out to this community who were previously unable to receive help.
PRACTICUM FINDINGS AND RESULTS• The 10 women who have been helped by Willow Center’s new program: – 2 women have been provided shelter – 5 women have received food and clothing vouchers – 1 woman has found stable employment – All have received counseling and advocacy Unlike before these women are being contacted regularly and can continue receiving assistance by the Willow Center or from other community programs in the area we in which we refer them to.
SUCCESS AND OPPORTUNITIES• The main obstacle of this program is the awareness of the program’s availability to community members in need, people cannot get help if they don’t know its offered.• Opportunities for new learning experiences since the organization is established but the program isn’t, I’m learning how to acquire different data, information, people and how to focus it into one product.
LESSONS LEARNED• How important these programs are to victims, especially the quality & diversity of the help and the timely manner these women and children require to receive benefits.• Over the semester I have been able to develop my networking skills, as I had to practically knock on office doors and ask direct questions that are valuable to the program.• My ABSC 310 knowledge is used in real-life situations but without the use of a educated group to help initiate ideas with me, it has become difficult to overcome the thought of forgetting important factors.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS • Dr. Watson-Thompson • Marvia JonesAt the Willow Center-• Crystal• Becca• Surveyed victims