We are hiring! Position Available: Domestic Violence Youth Advocate
This position is 40 hours per week and includes some evening hours and occasional on-call weekends and holidays. The Family Support Center provides health insurance, vacation and sick leave benefits. The primary responsibility of this position is to promote the safety, resilience and healing of youth who have been affected by domestic violence. The person in this position provides counseling and advocacy and facilitates skill building and support groups to youth and their protective parents. This position also provides outreach to other community agencies and potential referral sources.
Qualifications: Minimum degree required is a bachelor’s in social work, psychology, women’s studies or other human services related field. Other important qualifications include knowledge and understanding of domestic violence, previous work with children and adults in crisis, strong communication skills, group facilitation skills, and ability to work as part of a team. Please send resume, cover letter, names and contact information for three work related references (2 from supervisors), and philosophy statement on providing advocacy to youth affected by domestic violence to Jeni Haddad. Materials can be e-mailed to email@example.com or mailed to Family Support Center, P.O. Box 143, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729. All materials must be sent or e-mailed and received by November 15. For more information call Jeni Haddad or Geri Segal at (715)723-1138.
Mindfulness & Trauma is a new group for adults & youth (ages 5+) who have experienced interpersonal violence. This group will meet Tuesdays October 22-November 19 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at Family Support Center. No registration is required.
*Wear comfortable clothes! We will be practicing the skills we discuss.
Geri Segal earns United Way Senn Award for professional excellence!
Geri Segal, Executive Director of Family Support Center, is the recipient of the United Way Senn Award this year. This award honors an individual for their professional excellence & achievement in the non-profit sector.
Geri has been the Executive Director of Family Support Center for over 20 years. Under her leadership, Family Support Center programs have grown and flourished, including the development of two satellite offices in Eau Claire and new prevention initiatives in Chippewa County. Staff at Family Support Center thrive under Geri’s empowering, compassionate leadership.
Geri Segal is on the board of directors for End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, as well as other statewide and local advisory committees.
Community leaders Kaye and Steve Senn initiated the award in 1998. The Senn award celebrates the body of work and accomplishments by professionals within the nonprofit sector. Geri was honored with this award at the United Way Spirit Award Dinner on March 26 at Florian Gardens in Eau Claire.
A message from
Family Support Center staff:
Support Center is a longstanding Chippewa Valley agency serving individuals, families, and communities who have been affected by intimate partner and domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and human trafficking. As Family Support Center advocates, we believe it is important to highlight the ways human trafficking intersects with other forms of violence.
Human trafficking is a crime that involves exploiting someone for labor or services through force, fraud, or coercion. Sometimes victims are trafficked into work that is sexually exploitative. But those trafficked to perform other types of labor, such as farm, construction, or domestic work, are also vulnerable to sexual and physical violence. In addition, the emotional and psychological harm of human trafficking is devastating.
We’re probably all aware of the stereotypical way human trafficking has been depicted on TV and in movies. We’ve seen sensationalized stories that get audience’s pulses racing as we cheer for the heroes to rescue the victims from the villains. We may have even read viral posts on social media about people in our own communities feeling scared by or uncomfortable about the behavior or appearance of a stranger in public. Often, the posts end with warnings to “Be aware!” and “Stay safe!”
All of these speak to a fundamental desire to protect ourselves and our loved ones. But they don’t really give us a full picture of human trafficking, its causes, or how we can address victims/survivors’ needs.
If we “look upstream” for the conditions that promote human trafficking, we will recognize the driving forces of poverty, structures of racial and gender inequity and other forms of oppression, and the health and opportunity disparities that stem from these. On an individual level, victims/survivors of human trafficking, like victims/survivors of different types of abuse, often find themselves trapped by traffickers’ power and control tactics: isolation, intimidation, threats, humiliation. It can be even more complicated – and can lead to conflicted feelings -- when victims/survivors are trafficked by partners, friends, and family members. In other words, the roots of human trafficking are deep and complex. And there are no easy solutions.
Fortunately, the urge to do something about this human rights issue is growing stronger. At Family Support Center, we are proud to offer our free and confidential direct services, including advocacy-based counseling, safety planning, and help identifying and accessing needed resources, to victims/survivors of human trafficking. However, we never require people to label their experiences using certain words and definitions, and we don’t force them to choose certain options. We believe, to quote Janina Pescinski of United Nations University, “all victims are entitled to equal access to aid mechanisms, protection, and justice, as well as the choice to access these services in the way that they choose.” If you are interested in opportunities to respond to the needs of victims/survivors of violence in the Chippewa Valley as a Family Support Center volunteer advocate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beyond volunteering, though, we all have everyday opportunities to confront and prevent violence. We can view media messages (including those viral posts!) with a critical eye, thinking and talking about what parts of the story might be missing. We can take cues from the populations most impacted by violence, walking alongside them instead of pulling them in a direction we choose. We can work toward solutions to root causes by ensuring everyone has stable housing, nourishing food, and comprehensive healthcare, as well as dismantling systems of oppression such as racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia. And, as much as fear may encourage suspicion and make us want to withdraw, we can work to build relationships and a sense of belonging with others in our community, so everyone feels supported, cared for, and less alone.
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715.723.1138 or 1.800.400.7020
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715.830.0188 or 1.888.407.7811
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Counseling and advocacy for adults and youth
Outreach and awareness
Sexual Assault Victim Services
Counseling and advocacy for adult and child victims (past or present)
Offices in Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire
Emergency room support
Outreach and awareness
Family Support Center Parent Educators embrace and promote
~positive discipline practices
~respectful and reflective communications skills and
~Authoritative Parenting techniques
as tools to guide parents and help families thrive
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Part of our mission is to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault. If you would like someone to present at your organization, or would like more information about our services, please contact us.
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8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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