Hope Alliance Lewis County

Hope Alliance Lewis County Hope Alliance envisions a life without violence. We believe it is possible through our values of; Autonomy, Safety, Inclusion, Dignity, Integrity, and Partnership.
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We offer: • Safety Planning: We help survivors identify safety barriers and plan accordingly to make the safest transition possible. • Emergency shelter for survivors in need of immediate safe shelter. • Legal Advocacy: We Offer guidance through the legal processes of protection orders and support during court proceedings. • Support Group: Supportive environment with fellow survivors to share experiences, strength, and hope with each other. And many more services… All Services are Free and Confidential!

Mission: Hope Alliance advocates for and empowers survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Hope Alliance also seeks to effect social change by collaborating with community partners to inspire life without violence.

Open with service changes; Online services available

Happy Friday everyone! How do you practice self-care? One of our favorites is coloring. So we wanted to share some of ou...
10/09/2020

Happy Friday everyone! How do you practice self-care? One of our favorites is coloring. So we wanted to share some of our favorite coloring pages with everyone. Celebrate Friday by taking care of yourself and doing something fun! Next week we will continue with domestic violence action month with more facts, statistics, and tools.

On Thursdays we wear purple to acknowledge the impact domestic violence has on survivors and communities. Show your supp...
10/08/2020

On Thursdays we wear purple to acknowledge the impact domestic violence has on survivors and communities. Show your support for survivors on Thursdays in October by wearing purple and learning more about the issues survivors of domestic violence experience. The links below outline information on domestic violence and forms of power and control survivors experience.

https://ncadv.org/learn-more
https://wscadv.org/
https://www.thehotline.org/

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
10/08/2020

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

YOU can be a lifeline to someone experiencing the isolation of domestic violence. This Domestic Violence Action Month reach out to friends and family to stay connected even when we have to socially distance. Our Friends & Family Guide (in English & Spanish) has tips and tools to get you started. https://wscadv.org/resources/printable-friends-family-guide/

People who have never been abused often wonder why a person wouldn’t just leave an abusive relationship. They don’t unde...
10/06/2020

People who have never been abused often wonder why a person wouldn’t just leave an abusive relationship. They don’t understand that leaving can be more complicated than it seems.

Leaving is often the most dangerous time for a victim of abuse, because abuse is about power and control. When a victim leaves, they are taking control and threatening the abusive partner’s power, which could cause the abusive partner to retaliate.

•Fear: A person may be afraid of what will happen if they decide to leave the relationship.
•Believing Abuse is Normal: A person may not know what a healthy relationship looks like, perhaps from growing up in an environment where abuse was common, and they may not recognize that their relationship is unhealthy.
•Fear of Being Outed: If someone is in an LGBTQ relationship and has not yet come out to everyone, their partner may threaten to reveal this secret.
•Embarrassment or Shame: It’s often difficult for someone to admit that they’ve been abused. They may feel they’ve done something wrong by becoming involved with an abusive partner. They may also worry that their friends and family will judge them.
•Low Self-Esteem: When an abusive partner constantly puts someone down and blames them for the abuse, it can be easy for the victim to believe those statements and think that the abuse is their fault.
•Love: So often, the victim feels love for their abusive partner. They may have children with them and want to maintain their family. Abusive people can often be charming, especially at the beginning of a relationship, and the victim may hope that their partner will go back to being that person. They may only want the violence to stop, not for the relationship to end entirely.
•Cultural/Religious Reasons: Traditional gender roles supported by someone’s culture or religion may influence them to stay rather than end the relationship for fear of bringing shame upon their family.
•Language Barriers/Immigration Status: If a person is undocumented, they may fear that reporting the abuse will affect their immigration status. Also, if their first language isn’t English, it can be difficult to express the depth of their situation to others.
•Lack of Money/Resources: Financial abuse is common, and a victim may be financially dependent on their abusive partner. Without money, access to resources, or even a place to go, it can seem impossible for them to leave the relationship. This feeling of helplessness can be especially strong if the person lives with their abusive partner.
•Disability: When someone is physically dependent on their abusive partner, they can feel that their well-being is connected to the relationship. This dependency could heavily influence their decision to stay in an abusive relationship.
•Children: Many survivors do not leave because they fear they cannot protect their children from the retaliation or the threats their abuser promises they will carry out if they leave. Or they will loose custody or face legal ramifications for taking the children if they were to leave.
•Saving Them: Many survivors express staying in abusive relationships because they believe they can save their abuser, stop the harmful behaviors, and change them for the better with their love/ support.
•Not Giving Up: For some survivors it was more embarrassing or hard for them to give up on the relationship then to admit there is a problem and leave.
•Isolation: In many domestic violence relationships the abuser limits the survivors contact with others to the point they lose all other interpersonal relationships. Many survivors stay because they have no where else to go because their abuser has isolated them from other supports such as friends or family.

Do you or anyone you know in need of free furniture? We have a lot of office chairs pictured below, two large wooden des...
10/05/2020

Do you or anyone you know in need of free furniture? We have a lot of office chairs pictured below, two large wooden desks with drawers, and two wooden tables. Free to whoever wants or needs them :).

For inquires you can call our office at 360-748-6601!

Domestic Violence and Safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic Avoiding public spaces and working remotely can help to reduce...
10/05/2020

Domestic Violence and Safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Avoiding public spaces and working remotely can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but for many survivors, staying home may not be the safest option. We know that any external factors that add stress and financial strain can negatively impact survivors and create circumstances where their safety is further compromised.
Abuse is about power and control. When survivors are forced to stay in the home or in close proximity to their abuser more frequently, an abuser can use any tool to exert control over their victim, including a national health concern such as COVID-19. In a time where companies may be encouraging that their employees work remotely, and the CDC is encouraging “social distancing,” an abuser may take advantage of an already stressful situation to gain more control.
Here’s how COVID-19 could uniquely impact intimate partner violence survivors:
•Abusive partners may withhold necessary items, such as hand sanitizer or disinfectants.
•Abusive partners may share misinformation about the pandemic to control or frighten survivors, or to prevent them from seeking appropriate medical attention if they have symptoms.
•Abusive partners may withhold insurance cards, threaten to cancel insurance, or prevent survivors from seeking medical attention if they need it.
•Programs that serve survivors may be significantly impacted –- shelters may be full or may even stop intakes altogether. Survivors may also fear entering shelter because of being in close quarters with groups of people.
•Survivors who are older or have chronic heart or lung conditions may be at increased risk in public places where they would typically get support, like shelters, counseling centers, or courthouses.
•Travel restrictions may impact a survivor’s escape or safety plan – it may not be safe for them to use public transportation or to fly.
•An abusive partner may feel more justified and escalate their isolation tactics.
If any of the above sound like they may be happening to you or someone you love, here are a few suggestions for survivors that may make this uncertain time feel a little bit safer:
•Create a safety plan.
•Practice Self-Care.
•Reach out for help.

Call to speak to an advocate at Hope Alliance at 1-800-244-7414

Violencia doméstica y seguridad durante la pandemia COVID-19
Evitar los espacios públicos y trabajar de forma remota puede ayudar a reducir la propagación del COVID-19, pero para muchos sobrevivientes, quedarse en casa puede no ser la opción más segura. Sabemos que cualquier factor externo que agregue estrés y tensión financiera puede afectar negativamente a los sobrevivientes y crear circunstancias en las que su seguridad se vea comprometida aún más.
El abuso se trata de poder y control. Cuando los sobrevivientes se ven obligados a permanecer en el hogar o cerca de su abusador con más frecuencia, un abusador puede usar cualquier herramienta para ejercer control sobre su víctima, incluido un problema de salud nacional como COVID-19. En un momento en el que las empresas pueden alentar a sus empleados a trabajar de forma remota y los CDC fomentan el "distanciamiento social", un abusador puede aprovechar una situación que ya es estresante para obtener más control.
Así es como COVID-19 podría impactar de manera única a los sobrevivientes de violencia de pareja íntima:
•Las parejas abusivas pueden retener los artículos necesarios, como desinfectantes o desinfectantes para manos.
•Las parejas abusivas pueden compartir información errónea sobre la pandemia para controlar o asustar a los sobrevivientes, o para evitar que busquen la atención médica adecuada si tienen síntomas.
•Las parejas abusivas pueden retener las tarjetas del seguro, amenazar con cancelar el seguro o evitar que los sobrevivientes busquen atención médica si la necesitan.
•Los programas que atienden a los sobrevivientes pueden verse significativamente afectados: los refugios pueden estar llenos o incluso pueden detener las entradas por completo. Los supervivientes también pueden temer entrar en un refugio por estar cerca de grupos de personas.
•Los sobrevivientes que son mayores o que padecen enfermedades cardíacas o pulmonares crónicas pueden correr un mayor riesgo en lugares públicos donde normalmente recibirían apoyo, como refugios, centros de asesoramiento o juzgados.
•Las restricciones de viaje pueden afectar el plan de escape o de seguridad de un sobreviviente; puede que no sea seguro para ellos usar el transporte público o volar.
•Una pareja abusiva puede sentirse más justificada y aumentar sus tácticas de aislamiento.
Si algo de lo anterior le parece que le puede estar sucediendo a usted o a alguien que ama, aquí hay algunas sugerencias para los sobrevivientes que pueden hacer que este momento de incertidumbre se sienta un poco más seguro:
•Crea un plan de seguridad.
•Practique el cuidado personal.
•Busque ayuda.

Llame para hablar con un defensor de Hope Alliance al 1-800-244-7414

10/03/2020
Downtown Centralia Girl's Night Out

Downtown Centralia Girl's Night Out

Today is the day! It’s our Shop Local Girls Night Out event! Pick up the list of participating businesses at The Station Coffee Bar and while you’re there visit with Kris Camenzind of Hope Alliance, our non-profit!

Have fun!

Domestic violence affects survivors in a multitude of ways and it's important during domestic violence action month we s...
10/02/2020

Domestic violence affects survivors in a multitude of ways and it's important during domestic violence action month we speak on how violence not only affects individuals. But also society as a whole. We share these facts in the hope that with a better understanding of the individual and societal impact of violence we can make our community a safer place.

If you are experiencing domestic violence we are here to help you 24/7 please call our main line at 360-748-6601 or our toll free number at 1-800-244-7414 to speak with an advocate.

La violencia doméstica afecta a los sobrevivientes de muchas maneras y es importante que durante el mes de acción contra la violencia doméstica hablemos sobre cómo la violencia no solo afecta a las personas. Pero también la sociedad en su conjunto. Compartimos estos hechos con la esperanza de que con una mejor comprensión del impacto individual y social de la violencia podamos hacer de nuestra comunidad un lugar más seguro.

Si está experimentando violencia doméstica, estamos aquí para ayudarlo las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana, llame a nuestra línea principal al 360-748-6601 o al número gratuito 1-800-244-7414 para hablar con un intercesora.

Mire los comentarios a continuación para ver los hechos sobre la violencia doméstica.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
10/01/2020

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Here are the #DV101 #DVFacts you need to know this #DVAM2020. #PowerUp

Hope Alliance Lewis County's cover photo
10/01/2020

Hope Alliance Lewis County's cover photo

Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV)), domestic abuse or relationship abuse) is a pattern of b...
10/01/2020

Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV)), domestic abuse or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.
Domestic violence does not discriminate. Anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender can be a victim – or perpetrator – of domestic violence. It can happen to people who are married, living together or who are dating. It affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
Domestic violence includes behaviors that physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish or force them to behave in ways they do not want. It includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation. Many of these different forms of domestic violence/abuse can be occurring at any one time within the same intimate relationship.
Information from the National Domestic Violence Hotline: https://www.thehotline.org/is-this-abuse/abuse-defined/

La violencia doméstica (también llamada violencia de pareja íntima (IPV)), abuso doméstico o abuso de relación) es un patrón de comportamiento utilizado por una pareja para mantener el poder y el control sobre otra pareja en una relación íntima.
La violencia doméstica no discrimina. Cualquier persona de cualquier raza, edad, orientación sexual, religión o género puede ser víctima - o perpetrador - de violencia doméstica. Puede sucederle a personas casadas, que viven juntas o que están saliendo. Afecta a personas de todos los niveles socioeconómicos y educativos.
La violencia doméstica incluye comportamientos que dañan físicamente, despiertan miedo, impiden que una pareja haga lo que desea o la obliga a comportarse de maneras que no desea. Incluye el uso de violencia física y sexual, amenazas e intimidación, abuso emocional y privación económica. Muchas de estas diferentes formas de violencia / abuso doméstico pueden ocurrir en cualquier momento dentro de la misma relación íntima.
Información de la línea directa nacional contra la violencia doméstica: https://www.thehotline.org/is-this-abuse/abuse-defined/

Only a few days away!
09/29/2020

Only a few days away!

If you would like to do something fun that also benefits the community and our agency please check out this event! Hope to see on October 3rd!

Si desea hacer algo divertido que también beneficie a la comunidad y a nuestra agencia, ¡consulte este evento! ¡Espero verlo el 3 de octubre!

NSVRC
09/27/2020

NSVRC

Whether or not a report was made, survivors can reach out for support from their local rape crisis center — no matter when the assault occurred.
Locate a center near you: https://buff.ly/2ZPflt2

Lewis County Voters!The general election is coming up on November 3rd, if you would like your voice to be heard you need...
09/22/2020

Lewis County Voters!
The general election is coming up on November 3rd, if you would like your voice to be heard you need to be registered! There are 3 ways to register; online at VoteWA.gov, register by mail using a paper form by going to sos.wa.gov/elections/voters to print out a paper form and mail it to the Lewis County elections office, or you can register to vote in person at the county office. Reminders in order to be eligible to vote in the state of Washington, you must be:
• A citizen of the United States
• A legal resident of Washington state for at least 30 days prior to election day
• At least 18 years old by election day
• Not disqualified from voting due to a court order
• Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction
If you would like to register online or check your voting status, please go to VoteWA.gov.
¡Votantes del condado de Lewis!
Las elecciones generales se acercan el 3 de noviembre, si desea que se escuche su voz, ¡debe estar registrado! Hay 3 formas de registrarse; en línea en VoteWA.gov, regístrese por correo usando un formulario en papel yendo a sos.wa.gov/elections/voters para imprimir un formulario en papel y enviarlo por correo a la oficina de elecciones del condado de Lewis, o puede registrarse para votar en persona en la oficina del condado. Recordatorios para poder votar en el estado de Washington, usted debe:
• Un ciudadano de los Estados Unidos
• Residente legal del estado de Washington durante al menos 30 días antes del día de las elecciones
• Al menos 18 años para el día de las elecciones
• No descalificado para votar debido a una orden judicial
• No está bajo la supervisión del Departamento de Correcciones por una condena por delito grave en Washington
Si desea registrarse en línea o verificar su estado de votación, vaya a VoteWA.gov.

If you would like to do something fun that also benefits the community and our agency please check out this event! Hope ...
09/21/2020

If you would like to do something fun that also benefits the community and our agency please check out this event! Hope to see on October 3rd!

Si desea hacer algo divertido que también beneficie a la comunidad y a nuestra agencia, ¡consulte este evento! ¡Espero verlo el 3 de octubre!

Please join us for a fun community event and support local businesses!!
09/17/2020

Please join us for a fun community event and support local businesses!!

Join us in celebrating independence day for our LatinX community!Únase a nosotras en la celebración del día de la indepe...
09/16/2020

Join us in celebrating independence day for our LatinX community!

Únase a nosotras en la celebración del día de la independencia para nuestra comunidad LatinX!!

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Self-isolation during the pandemic can be dangerous for those in abusive relationships. Resources are limited, but there are options. Hope Alliance is available 24/7 at 360-748-6601
Hope to see you all there!!
We really hope our friends at HRN will be in the cheering section on March 30th!! If you need discount tickets let me Know, I can deliver!
A big thank you to all who were able to donate this holiday season to the Human Response Network of Lewis County. All year long 24/7 this organization is helping those in need in our communities. It takes a village and you all are appreciated so much!!!
Thank you to my friend Rachelle for donating brand new books for our clients!!! Christmas time is a good time to donate new items for kids. Thanks for being generous!
In memory of WENDI TRAYNOR (August 12, 1992 - November 3, 2017): Wendi’s dad is one of my classmates from high school. The 25 year old was taken away from her friends and family by domestic violence. Why donate to the Human Response Network? This tragedy has made me realize how fortunate I am to have escaped Wendi's fate when I disappeared in the middle of the night with my 3 children from domestic violence & relocated to Lewis County. Other victims are not as fortunate to have the resources that I did. We are raising money for Human Response Network of Lewis County because your contribution will have an impact. Whether you donate $5 or $500, every donation can help save the lives of women & their children. When victims leave their abuser, they usually leave with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support. I've included information about Human Response Network of Lewis County below. "Dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence and responding to victims with compassion."
This has been my feeling for decades. That is why I am involved. That is why my hope is to involve more men in active work toward a solution. Stopping sexual assault and domestic violence, treating women with respect, and teaching our sons to treat women and girls with respect are core issues for any human being who purports to be a man.
Get your tickets before they are all gone! It is an evening of dancing to big band music, tasty nibbles, an exciting raffle, and elegant attire. Don't wait to see the red carpet pics on FaceBook! You have to be there!
Join us for a Lewis County Christian Women's conference on Sept 30 at the Corbet Theater. Taking the church outside the church's walls. God is "Relentless" in His pursuit of us. Call Kandi Delos Santos for more information 360-790-4312
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