Starting Point provides services for victims of domestic and sexual violence. The agency’s outreach model is one of intention and impact. When there is a specific need, the agency endorses a focused intention, such as providing guidance for managing trauma, as they did Monday, Dec 5, at the Whitney Center in Jackson after a tragic loss. In return, the Outreach team relies on the community to assess the impact and provide feedback. This feedback is used to determine further assistance or if a different focus is necessary.
In Jackson, advocates met with groups and individuals to process and chart a course of action together for continued care. Other recent tragedies contributed to the community’s trauma, causing accumulated stress, which advocates were sensitive to just as they are with individual victims who have compounded trauma.
After the initial meeting with the Jackson community, it was determined that a multifaceted approach with continued services is required.
Starting Point has been asked to return to the Whitney Center for a second time for further support. Some were interested in forming ongoing support groups and holding a book discussion specific to concerns. In addition, Starting Point will offer volunteer training in January to provide individuals with an outlet for change.
Starting Point will continue to respond for as long as needed.
In recognizing that domestic violence affects us all, we thought it might be helpful to share the following points mentioned at the December 5 meeting with our readers. We hope you will share your thoughts and concerns with us at [email protected] so that we can continue providing ongoing support.
Although specific to helping children, the following tips for talking to youngsters after a traumatic event can help us all. Some of the below information reiterates those above with points more specific to their needs.
Domestic violence does not make sense, we are all affected by the trauma it causes. The best we can do is share our stories, concerns, and hopes. One way to reduce the incidence of domestic violence is to know one another and form supportive systems.
Anyone experiencing the trauma caused by domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking can call and talk with an advocate 24/7 at 1-800-336-3795, including family and friends of a victim and community members who are struggling.
Starting Point’s services are free and confidential.
Raetha Stoddard is the Outreach and Prevention Specialist for Starting Point. She has been with the agency for more than 40 years, first as a volunteer’s daughter, then as a volunteer herself, and for the past 7 years as a staff member.
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