Domestic Violence

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV.org):

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.

Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. It is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior that is only a fraction of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, even death. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.

If you are a Case Manager or a Guidance Counselor, please download the form below, print on your letterhead and give to clients who you are referring to our agency. This will help to speed up the application process for your client.

Oasis is working to eradicate the abuse that occurs daily by offering counseling sessions administered by a compassionate Certified Domestic Violence Counselor (CDVC). Here are some of the astounding statistics as reported by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), the nation's leading grassroots voice on domestic violence:

"If you are being abused, we can help! A trained Victims Advocate is available Monday through Thursday from 9 am until 2 pm. You can contact Mabel Leon Bjorkland at 1-561-967-4066 or email her at Mabel.Leon@OasisCompassion.org

If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. For anonymous, confidential help, 24/7, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or  1-800-787-3224 (TTY).

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COUSELING

Oasis is working to eradicate the abuse that occurs daily by offering counseling sessions administered by a compassionate Certified Domestic Violence Counselor (CDVC). Here are some of the astounding statistics as reported by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), the nation's leading grassroots voice on domestic violence:

  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.1

  • On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.9

  • The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.10

  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.2

  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.2

  • 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.2

  • Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.2

  • Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries

Source: (NCADV - National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)

Domestic Violence SUCCESS STORY

Mabel came to Oasis five years ago as a client. Today, she is the Assistant Executive Director and Women's Center Coordinator, helping countless other women get back on their feet and assisting them through their tragic circumstances.

 

When Mabel and her two children showed up at Oasis she was a divorcee, a victim of domestic abuse, and down to her last dollar. Team Oasis was immediately able to provide food, clothing, player and hope to this broken family. In March of 2012, Mabel applied for a job at the Oasis Women's Center.

 

"We had a very competitive process, but Mabel was clearly the most outstanding candidate," stated Susan Warmington, the Executive Director.

Today, Mabel is responsible for counseling our domestic violence clients. She is also the creative designer of all marketing materials and e-newsletters that Oasis distributes. Recently, Oasis received a generous grant in the amount of $15,000 from Amtrust Bank in support of Mabel's salary for an entire calendar year.

 

Here is what Mabel has to say, in her own words:

"Three and a half years ago, I got the opportunity to start working as the Women's Center Coordinator for Oasis Compassion Agency. Since I had once received help from Oasis as a client, I asked God to bless me with courage, strength and wisdom to enable me to help at least one person in a way that I had been helped. My actual words werE: God, let me touch the soul of a woman in the same way that Oasis had touched my soul when I needed it most. I know now that I have truly been blessed. My position as the women's center coordinator has allowed me to be in contact with women who arrive at the doors of Oasis in the same condition that I was in under four years ago, with broken wings and so absorbed by situations they were caught up in that they could not see their way along the road. After spending some time in the Oasis program and particpating in some of the support classes, the same women are seen smiling for the first time in a long time, and then are able to leave some of their problems behind them, creating a bloom and shining in their own light. It is a wonderful gift that helps me to understand that God has a purpose for me with these women and that I have become a meaningful part of the Oasis mission in the community."

Mabel Leon (second from right) and Sharon Gill (center) accepting grant from Amtrust Bank in support of Mabel's salary.

Mabel Leon as the Women's center coordinator.

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