Both women and men must contend with socially-imposed, internalized messages that create barriers to getting help to heal from domestic violence or sexual assault. Common responses for anyone experiencing abuse or violence, like feelings of self-blame, fear of not being believed, and the way in which an individual might try to reclaim safety and control over their lives are inevitably deeply influenced by gendered social norms.
"The Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award was presented to NEWS, dedicated to providing safety, hope, healing and empowerment for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, all of which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Last year, NEWS continued to provide all programming without putting the health of their staff or clients at risk, serving a total of 1,560 individuals, 247 of which were sexual assault survivors, nearly ½ of those were children under the age of 18. "
Survivors see positive aspects of Zoom hearings
Within days of the courts shutting down in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NEWS Court Advocates quickly adapted to serving our clients remotely. We continued to help clients file Temporary and Permanent Restraining Orders after incidents of domestic violence in which Emergency Restraining Orders were issued. This is an important step for many DV victims as it secures and enforces their legal rights to safety as they navigate next steps in their recovery. For several weeks, our Court Advocates guided clients through the emotional and difficult process of filing the paperwork remotely. Once the courts reopened, we provided technical assistance and tips to clients on the new process, like how to use Zoom for hearings and how to use their smart phones to scan important documents.
You are our inspiration! With all that is happening in the world right now, the fact that supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse is important to you, means more that we can say.
The generosity of the community this holiday season was visible here at NEWS. Gifts filled our hallways for our Adopt a Family program and you helped us exceed our fundraising goals for the year. If we had any doubt that our supporters would come through with donations during this unusual holiday season, we apologize – we should have had faith, because you always come through!