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Our hope with this service is to break down the fear and barrier of making that phone call and explain our services to the survivor right away and get them connected to programs more rapidly if they choose.

How it Works:

If a survivor of domestic violence is at the University of Vermont Emergency Department for a domestic abuse related injury, their nurses will call our 24/7 Hotline to request an in person response.

We can open a file for them, providing emergency housing screenings, and transportation to either our Emergency Shelter, a motel, or alternate safe housing.

Impact So Far:

WHBW has provided three in-person responses already. These responses resulted in one support group referral and two new shelter residents. For all three of these individuals, this is the first time they accessed WHBW services.

 

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

by WHBW on February 8, 2016

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM)! TDVAM is a national effort to raise awareness of dating violence among teens and youth adults. Nationally, 1 in 3 youth experience dating violence from a current or former dating partner. With youth experiencing violence at a higher rate than adults, it is important to take this month, and every month, to recognize this issue affecting our youth.

WHBW does a lot of work with youth in our community! We have a youth advocate on staff to provide emotional support, crisis intervention, information and referral, and system’s advocacy to youth (13-24) who have been exposed to intimate partner violence or experienced intimate partner violence personally. Services include meeting one on one to discuss healthy and unhealthy relationships and ways to navigate conflict safely in their personal relationships, assisting with youth who wish to apply for a Relief from Abuse order, providing support for youth who are navigating new or challenging educational institutions due to the violence witnessed or experienced, connecting youth with medical and mental health services, and housing advocacy for homeless or at-risk youth.

WHBW also provides prevention education to youth at Chittenden County high schools. Prevention activities include workshops on the topics of gender, power and privilege, teen dating violence and consent, and bystander intervention. Each year the WHBW Education and Prevention Coordinator visits Chittenden County high school health classes to deliver this prevention education youth as a way to change attitudes, increase knowledge and awareness, and build capacity for intervening when they witness negative behaviors.

Only 33% of teens who are in a violent relationship ever tell anyone about the abuse.

Follow WHBW’s Facebook and Twitter accounts all month long for more information about dating violence as well as resources for supporting the youth in your life who may be experiencing violence. Follow the National conversation with #teenDVmonth.

Together, we can build a community of support where youth feel safe and comfortable reaching out for help!

For more information on WHBW’s work with youth, or to speak to our youth advocate, contact Emily at 802-658-3131 ext . 1067.

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January’s Training is FULL!

January 21, 2016

Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us for volunteer opportunities and to attend the January New Volunteer, Intern, & Staff Training. We have had an overwhelming response to our calls to action and requests for volunteers. The work we do is vital and changes lives. We know we can’t end domestic violence on […]

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Phish’s WaterWheel Foundation supports WHBW!

January 21, 2016

What a night! When Phish’s Waterwheel Foundation told us that WHBW would be the recipient of proceeds from a pre-show party during their annual New Year’s concert run at Madison Square Garden, we were blown away. The night raised over $40,000 for the agency! We can’t thank the Waterwheel Foundation & Phish enough for supporting […]

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New Furniture at Shelter

December 10, 2015

Women Helping Battered Women (WHBW) is very excited to announce that we have beautiful new furniture in our Emergency Shelter’s support group room. Thanks to generous support from The Gibney Family Foundation and Michael Lash CEO of the Ethan Allen Design Center of Vermont. The new furniture and artwork has made such a difference in […]

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January New Volunteer, Intern, & Staff Training

December 9, 2015

Women Helping Battered Women will be holding its winter New Volunteer, Intern, & Staff Training Weekend on January 22-24, 2015! WHBW depends on volunteers to keep all of our services and programs running smoothly and consistently. If you have time and energy to give and want to get involved in social change, please fill out […]

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#GivingTuesday

November 5, 2015

#GivingTuesday is an international charitable giving day on the Tuesday after Black Friday. UPDATE: We raised $8,130 from our supporters and received our $5,000 match from an anonymous donor. Total raised was $13,130! THANK YOU to this amazing community for supporting the work to end domestic violence.   WHBW is excited to announce than an […]

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Holiday Giving Program

October 29, 2015

Families who are fleeing abusive relationships are often left without a home, and without the financial resources to find enough food, let alone buy presents for their children. Sponsor a child by fulfilling their holiday wish list. We will provide you with the age and gender of the child and the option to buy up to […]

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WHBW FY 15 Annual Report

October 29, 2015

This past fiscal year was an exciting one! Please read our latest annual report and join us in celebrating a fantastic year. WHBW FY15 Annual Report FY 15 Donor List

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September New Volunteer, Intern, & Staff Training!

August 28, 2015

Women Helping Battered Women will be holding its New Volunteer, Intern, & Staff Training September 11-13! You must apply in advance (http://www.whbw.org/about/volunteers). Criminal background checks are required for WHBW volunteers. WHBW depends on volunteers to keep all of our services and programs running smoothly and consistently, especially the hotline. For Direct Service volunteers, we recommend that […]

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