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Crisis Helpline 800-221-6311 Domestic Violence Services

Administration 812-379-5575

The Secret… Bartholomew Jennings Brown Johnson Dearborn Ohio

Jane noticed that Danny just couldn’t stay awake in class. While all the other 1st graders were eagerly coloring, quickly learning to read, and chatting with their schoolmates, he was very quiet. Often he would lay his head down on his desk and fall asleep. When the other children were playing at recess he would sit quietly alone. Her concern for this child grew until she arranged a parent-teacher conference with his mother, a professional in the local community.

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It was then that Jane learned why Danny was always tired. He and his mother spent many nights sleeping in their car to escape the abuse at home. They would wake up early each day and purchase new clothes before going to school and to work. It was their secret because telling anyone was too embarrassing. What would people say? This should not be happening to them. Danny’s mother had a very good job and a wonderful extended family. How could she tell them that her husband had become abusive? Because Jane had received domestic violence training she provided information to Danny’s mother and connected her with the local Turning Point Community Service Director. Today Danny is safe and excelling in school because a teacher cared and took action. Perhaps you know a child or family that needs Turning Point Services. “I see the adverse emotional and physical effects abuse has on children.Turning Point has developed a children’s advocacy program which provides proactive prevention, education, and supportive services.” SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR

A Safe Child


My Friends

I’m so tired. They kept me awake most of the night fighting.

Going to Recess – What will my friends and I play?

Is Mom okay? Who will take care of Mom if I’m not there?

What’s for lunch and who am I going to sit with?

What is happening at home right now?


Will I be able to do my homework tonight?

Going to Sally’s house this weekend.

I wish I could have a friend over.

Focused on task at hand - math, art, music, reading.

If I were a better kid, Dad wouldn’t be so mad.

Mom or Dad helping me with my homework tonight.

What kind of mood is Dad going to be in tonight?

The basketball game after school.

Keeping the secret: I hope no one finds out.

Who needs DV Training? Everyone.


Crisis Line 1-800-221- 6311 is staffed 24 hours a day 365 days each year with

professionals who offer information, support and guidance.

When one in three American women will be the victim of domestic violence in her lifetime, this issue touches each of our lives. Amy Oliver JD, Turning Point’s Director of Legal Services, collaborates regularly with outreach staff to develop timely and relevant educational workshops.

General Domestic Violence Issues: DV DV DV DV

101 102 103 104

Domestic Violence and Children’s Issues: CH 101 CH 102 CH 103

Turning Point’s Community Service Directors focus on training law enforcement personnel, local members of the judicial system, medical professionals, educators, teens, clergy, business owners, and social service agency personnel throughout the community. Emphasis is placed not only on identifying potential victims in the community but on how to best assist those impacted by family violence.

CH 104 CH 105 CH 106

“I’m so glad you are here. Your services are needed in our community.”

Impact of Domestic Violence on Children Teen Dating Violence and Common Date Rape Drugs The Link between Domestic Violence and Homelessness The Link between Domestic Violence and Child Abuse How to work with a Child who lives in an Abusive Home Effective Interventions in working with Children and Teens

Civil Legal Issues: PO 101 WV102 DIV 103

Orders of Protection in Indiana Workplace Violence Indiana Divorce and Custody Laws for Non-Lawyers

Criminal Issues: LE 101

Together we can make our neighborhoods, schools and workplaces safer by knowing the signs of domestic violence and how to respond. If your organization or group would like to schedule training please call (800) 221-6311 or email

Dynamics of Domestic Violence Healthy Relationships Psychology of Battering Assessing Lethality of a Batterer

LE 102 LE 103 LE 104 LE 105 LE 106 LE 107

Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence Crimes On-Scene Investigation/Preparing for Victimless Prosecution Investigating Strangulation and Choking Cases Stalking and Cyber Stalking Determining Self-Defense and Predominant Aggressor Civil Liability for Law Enforcement Officers Impact of Arrest in Domestic Violence Cases


“I feel Turning Point is of vital importance to our community. It offers those in need a very important chance to put their lives back in order: I have seen how victims’ lives can be turned around.” BUSINESS OWNER & VOLUNTEER

“The staff and volunteers at Turning Point have been wonderful in providing education to our students about dating violence and sexual assault.” DIRECTOR - COUNSELING & HEALTH REGIONAL COLLEGE

Meet our Executive Director Turning Point continues to seek ways to reach out to victims who need domestic violence services. While we are well recognized as a shelter, only 3% of women victimized by domestic violence seek refuge “in-shelter”. Over the past three years we have targeted courthouse and legal services locations to position our programs and staff in proximity to the women and families we serve. Given that most women victimized by violence have legal issues to address in pursuing protection or resolving marital and child custody matters, our presence in these settings is strategic and critical. In addition, it has increased direct access to our services dramatically. As an organization we call on the local community and other agencies to focus primarily on victim and family safety versus victim advocacy. While many will differ on the need, value and deservedness of advocacy, few will disagree on the focus on safety. Collaborations with law enforcement, the judicial system, the 2

Pat Smith Turning Point Executive Director

medical community, educators, community leaders, civic organizations, and other social service agencies are key to breaking the intergenerational cycle of violence. Turning Point continues to be encouraged by the positive feedback regarding the quality of our services and numerous referrals received as a result of our educational training programs.

“We are so glad you are here for these women and young girls.” CHILDREN’S AGENCY

“Families that I work with have a wealth of support from Turning Point.” CHILDREN’S AGENCY

incorporates every facet of their critical position in the community. • 8:00 am – Received Crisis Call • 10:00 am – Participated in local community awareness health fair • 1:00 pm – DV Presentation for physicians • 2:00 pm – Met with new families to provide crisis counseling and to explain TP services • 4:00 pm – Transported family to shelter • 7:00 pm – Facilitated weekly educational support group Standing: Connie Chandler, MSW, Nicki Babb Seated: Lori Adams, Rhea Murray

Commitment Turning Point’s Community Service Directors are responsible for direct client service, community awareness, domestic violence education, and collaboration with other local social service agencies. A typical day for a member of our outreach staff

Karen’s only thoughts were how she could protect the child. She was so terrified that she lay on the floor in front of his crib all night. She desperately wanted to escape but she had no family, no friends. Exhausted and physically spent she simply could not stay awake. In the early morning hours Jerry entered the nursery and took the sleeping child. When she awoke Karen was hysterical. She immediately called the police who responded and contacted Turning Point’s Community Service Director to join them at the police station. “I remember the day I met Karen. She was the one of the most distraught and unstable clients I ever assisted. It is even difficult for me to comprehend the amazing progress she has made over the past three years,” states Lori (TP Community Service Director).




Each director when asked separately about her role in helping families break free from violent situations stated that she is motivated every day by the success her clients achieve. “When you see two little boys happy and laughing, enjoying school, and hugging their mother in a new apartment 4 months after leaving their abuser, you know your time was well spent.” TP COMMUNITY SERVICE DIRECTOR

Power &Control… Jerry made sure that she was alone, without transportation, without money, without employment. As Karen cowered in a corner of their bedroom earlier in the evening enduring another beating, she tried to be quiet, tried not to scream or cry and wake the baby. Jerry had threatened to hurt the child if she left. He said, “If you leave, I’ll find you. I’ll kill you and I’ll take the baby.”


Karen worked hard to secure employment, housing, and custody of her child with the help of her Community Service Director. She diligently pursued her quest to limit Jerry’s interaction with the baby to supervised visitation. In addition, she enrolled in technical training to improve her job skills.

During 2004 8-10 times the number of families were served through our outreach programs than were housed “in-shelter” as 97% of victims require services where they live and work. In many counties, Turning Point is the only source for personalized, domestic violence services.

Today Karen remains focused Coercion Intimidation: & Threats: using looks, actions on enhancing her education making and/or or gestures to scare, carrying out displaying weapons, and gaining her independthreats. making destroying Emotional Economic ence. While she initially you do property Abuse: Abuse: illegal insults, saying making you ask required subsidized things you are crazy, reinfor money, preventing forcing an addiction, housing, Karen recent- you from getting/or ridiculing or forbidding keeping a job, not Power your spiritual beliefs ly purchased her contributing financially and Isolation: controlling what Abusing Authority: using Control own home and has you do and who you talk “male privilege” expectto, acting jealous of enrolled at the local ing you to obey, Denying Using everything and anyusing religion Blaming & Loved one you spend college to pursue a to control Ones: using Minimizing: time with you degree in social work. kids or family to not taking abuse get close to you or seriously, saying it “My outreach director is to harass you, threats didn’t happen, he/she to take kids or turn can’t remember it, my role model. She has saying it was family against your fault you shown me that I have worth, that I’m bright, and that I deserve to live a safe and happy life.”


Perspective… Lori Adams Turning Point’s Johnson County Community Service Director

Domestic Violence Services P.O. Box 280 Franklin, IN 46131 317-736-8666

After shadowing several Johnson County judges for a day to increase my understanding of the judicial process, a common theme began to emerge. Each judge shared a hectic schedule, lunches at their desk signing paperwork and reading pleas, long days, varied caseloads, and extreme patience with the many individuals they encountered. In addition, they were excellent resources and personally interested in supporting Turning Point’s efforts to provide legal advocacy for our clients. In one instance the judge even called CPS (Child Protective Services) directly to check on a domestic violence victim and her children. According to the prosecutor and police officer present, she had been fearful and elected not to appear in court.

On behalf of our clients

ThankYou Johnson County Community Foundation Johnson County Office of Family and Children Johnson County United Way Women’s Fund of Central Indiana

Currently, more than 40% of my time is spent in providing client legal advocacy and answering a myriad of questions including: What happens once a protective order is issued? Will this order affect visitation with the kids? Will there be a hearing? What happens at a hearing? How will the abuser find out about the order? What do I do if the abuser comes to my home? My goal is to provide the preparation and support for each client to successfully navigate the legal system. – LORI ADAMS

Hon K. Mark Loyd, Judge, Johnson Circuit Court; and the Hon. Cynthia Emkes, Judge, Johnson Superior Court No. 2: “Johnson County is extremely fortunate to have the services of Turning Point available to those families suffering from domestic violence. Our experience makes clear that those families who receive the assistance and support of the Turning Point staff are ultimately better served by those remedies the law is able to provide.”

Can You Help? Save this Date

Turning Point Services Year-to-date through 5/30/05

Turning Point would like to take this opportunity to thank our local funders and individual donors for their continued support. Through your generosity over 300 local families have been served in the past 18 months alone. Unfortunately, the growing demand for services exceeds our capacity to respond. Turning Point continues to seek additional financial support to meet the community need for domestic violence services.

Turning Point of Johnson County

Report to the Community October 6, 2005 5:30 p.m. Please call or email

If you, your civic organization, corporation, or church can help, please contact Lori Adams, Johnson County Community Service Director, at 317-736-8666, or send a gift in the envelope provided. to secure your invitation

“In Shelter” Services Number of Adult Clients Served Number of Children Clients Served Crisis Line Calls Nights of Shelter Provided

Outreach Services New Clients Domestic Violence Calls Incoming Follow-up Calls Sexual Assault Calls Information & Referral Calls Personal Advocacy Services Legal Advocacy Services Crisis Counseling Services

Board of Directors Kris Kindelsperger Board President, Johnson, Grossnickle and Assoc.

Thomas Hajewski Board Treasurer, Certified Public Accountant

Julie Abedian Columbus Regional Hospital Foundation

Ellen Macy Board Vice President Irwin Union Bank

Tiffany Baker Board Secretary Jackson County Advisory Board

Cheryl Buffo Columbus Community Children’s Museum

Richard Gold Board Advisor

Jeanne Saylor United Parcel Service

Katie Lowe-Schneider Hanover College

Patrick J. Smith Executive Director

Mark Osowick Cummins, Inc.

• Emergency Shelter • Education, Prevention, Training • Goal Planning • Advocacy/Case Management • Children’s Programs • 24-Hour Toll-Free Crisis Line • Legal Advocacy 4

7 10 114 132

59 57 430 1 135 315 254 345

2005 July Newsletter Johnson County  

2005 July Newsletter Johnson County

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