In This Issue
New Interns Join VS for Spring Semester
Blue Ribbon Campaign
Dates to Remember
It's Time to Talk About..."The Talk"
Being Believed is the First Step
Keeping Your Family Strong

New Interns Join VS for Spring Semester 

Ashley Marcure
is a practicum student this semester. Marcure is from Hanover, Illinois. and is a senior Social Work major from Western Illinois University minoring in Psychology. Her first priority after graduation is to attend grad school to acquire her MSW. Ashley states,
"Empowerment is the key to a successful future. Through the work at Victim Services, I have learned how to help clients empower themselves, along with educating the public on the effects of violence." 

Larissa Mooberry
is also a practicum student this semester. Originally from Eureka, Illinois, she is a student at Western Illinois University majoring in Social Work. Following graduation this May, Larissa aspires to a career in this field. She states, "I am enjoying learning from the staff at Victim Services."
Blue Ribbon Campaign Against Child Abuse

Show your support to PREVENT CHILD ABUSE

Once again, Victim Services is observing April's Child Abuse Prevention Month by providing blue ribbons for individuals, families, businesses, churches and community groups.

First begun in 1989, Bonnie W. Finney tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car to "make people wonder." Bonnie's story is about the severe beating of her grandchildren, leading to the brutal death of her grandson.

She chose the color blue to always remind her of the battered and bruised bodies of the children. Blue serves as a constant reminder to fight for protection of our children.

Since that first blue ribbon, millions of people across the country have participated in blue ribbon campaigns. Victim Services invites you to wear them, display and talk about them. If you need small ribbons to wear and/or give to your friends, family or congregation, if you want to display one on your car antenna, or if you would like large ones to put on your porch, your lampost, or at your business, call (309) 837-6622 or (309) 836-2148 and we will get them to you.  

Information Tables 

April 4 
Information Table 
Save Alot Grocery
9am - Noon

Information Table 
Fisher Foods
1 - 4pm 
April 7 
Information Table
9am - Noon

April 9
Birds & Bees in 2014

April 10 
Clothesline Project 
Monmouth College 
Time - TBA

April 15 
Clothesline Project 
Carl Sandburg College 
Time - TBA
April 17 
Information Table
Ayerco East
9am - Noon

April 18  
Clothesline Project 
WIU Multicultural Center
10am - 3pm 

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It's Time to Talk About..."The Talk"

It is never too early, or too late to begin talking openly about healthy sexuality. In saying this, it is directed toward everyone, no exclusions, and no free passes. This includes conversations with children of all ages and our partners. At times, we may even be drawn to have conversations with our friends about sex and sexuality.  Read more... 



Being Believed is the First Step Towards a Victim's Healing 
This year, WIRC-CAA Victim Services is embarking on its second year of the
Start by Believing Campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Last year, Victim Services toured its four service counties and photographed people in communities holding the Start by Believing banner, showing their support for victims of sexual assault and abuse. The Start by Believing Campaign is now an annual event as a reminder that believing victims of sexual violence is important; in fact, being BELIEVED is the first step toward a victim's healing.  BELIEVING victims is also the first step in moving toward alleviating sexual assault from our communities.  Read more... 


Keeping Your Family Strong: Six Protective Factors

Every family has strengths and every family faces challenges. When parents are under stress, sometimes it takes a little extra help to get through the day. When life gets difficult, we can draw on strengths and resources within ourselves, within the family unit, and from the community in which we live. Building on these strengths is a proven way to keep the family strong and prevent child abuse and neglect. Following are six key factors and some simple ways to build these factors in your own family. 

Our family shows how much we love each other.
  • Take a few minutes at the end of each day to connect with your children with a hug, a smile, a song or a few minutes of listening and talking.
  • Find ways to engage your children while completing everyday tasks (meals, shopping, driving in the car). Talk about what you are doing, ask them questions, or play simple games such as "I Spy."                                 

KNOWLEDGE OF PARENTING AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT: Parenting is part natural and part learned. Continue to learn new things about raising children and what they can do at different ages.    

  • Explore parenting questions with your family doctor, child's teacher, family or friends.
  • Subscribe to a magazine, website, or online newsletter about child development.
  • Take a parenting class at a local community center or social service agency.
  • Sit and observe what your child can and cannot do.
  • Share what you learn with anyone who cares for your child.

PARENTAL RESILIENCE: Using coping skills during stressful times and the ability to bounce back from challenges.   

  • Take quiet time to re-energize take a bath, write, sing, laugh, play, drink a cup of tea.       
  • Do some physical exercise - walk, stretch, do yoga, lift weights, dance.
  • Share your feelings with someone you trust.
  • Surround yourself with people who support you and make you feel good about yourself.

SOCIAL CONNECTIONS: Have friends, family, and neighbors who help out and provide emotional support.     

  • Participate in neighborhood activities such as potluck dinners, street fairs, picnics or block parties.
  • Join a playgroup or online support group of parents with children of similar ages.
  • Find a church, temple, or mosque that welcomes and supports parents.  

CONCRETE SUPPORT FOR PARENTS: Work to meet your family's day-to-day needs, including housing, food, health care, education, and counseling. Know where to find help if you need it.

  • Make a list of people to call for support.
  • Ask the director/principal of your child's school to host a Community Resource Night, so you and other parents know what help your community offers.

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL COMPETENCE OF CHILDREN: Children need to know they are loved, feel they belong and are able to get along with others.

  • Provide regular routines, especially for young children. Make sure everyone who cares for your child is aware of your routines around mealtimes, naps  and bedtime.
  • Talk to your children about how important feelings are.
  • Teach and encourage children to solve problems in age-appropriate ways.

Remember, this is important for children of all ages. We sometimes forget when children are in middle or high school and think of them as "young adults", but they are still children and need their parents to nurture and connect with them.


For those of us who no longer have children in our homes, this is a job for us, too. We need to connect with both parents and children of all ages. If you can give some of your time, be a mentor to a child, but it's also important to mentor parents.


Adapted from "Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting  

Well-Being: A Network for Action 



WIRC-CAA Victim Services

The Victim Services Program provides free and confidential services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Hancock, Henderson, McDonough and Warren counties.

WIRC-CAA Victim Services
P. O. Box 157
Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 837-6622 (Domestic Violence)
(309) 836-2148 (Sexual Assault)
24-Hour Crisis Line (309) 837-5555