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IN THIS ISSUE:
Vol um 1
Oc t 2015
Beyond Office Walls:
Creating NTS Campaign
Spotlight on You:
Meet Anonymous & J. Matthew
Your Questions Answered:
Mobility & DV
GREETINGS FROM THE BOARD!
Thank you so much for your continued
interest in Nancy's Transitional Services!
We are so excited to bring you our first
newsletter, Survivors in Transition, to keep
you informed of our activities and provide
another spotlight on domestic violence. Our
quarterly newsletters will highlight our
capital campaign, answer frequently asked
resources. Our readers are encouraged to
contact us with submission ideas including
stories that describe personal journeys of
surviving domestic violence.
Nancy's Transitional Services, or NTS for
short, was incorporated in December 2014
with hopes of offering an additional, but
different, means of empowering survivors
of domestic violence. After recognizing the
importance of existing programs, NTS
WE HAVE A LOGO!
After designing and redesigning countless logos to capture
what NTS is all about, we have made the top choice! NTS
will provide convenient, comfortable, and confidential
services to survivors in transition. Exactly who are
survivors in transition? Check out our article on page 3!
opted to focus on community-based
services: mobile therapy and mobile case
management. We believe mobility helps
eliminate barriers for those who are unable
or unwilling to access office-based services.
It is our desire to serve any survivor who
may otherwise remain unserved without the
convenience and comfort that mobile
Again, thank you for your continued
interest in NTS. We look forward to you
joining us on our journey to move beyond
office walls and creating NTS! Feel free to
add us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,
and LinkedIn. You may also visit us at
-NTS Board of Directors
BEYOND OFFICE WALLS:
CREATING NTS CAMP
$100,000, that's it? Yes,
$100,000 that's it! Starting in
October, NTS is launching a
capital campaign to raise
program awareness and
financial support of our
mobile services. We are
committed to providing
efficient program operations
that complement increasing
demands and limited funding.
As a result, we have taken
measures to drastically reduce
common program expenses
such as office rent, office
utilities, and office supplies.
Instead, we have allocated
funds for services that will
directly benefit our program
participants. For example, our
supportive financial assistance
program will help participants
address financial barriers to
independence. Funds may be
applied towards rent, rental
deposits, childcare fees,
education costs, and vehicle
Our part-time staff will
include a licensed therapist
and a case manager who will
services according to the
interests of the participant and
in accordance to their stage of
change (see page 3). Our staff
will also coordinate services
with other programs to
facilitate resource linkage
upon our participant's request.
As a new and nontraditional
program, NTS is stepping up
to the challenge to reach
survivors who may otherwise
remain unserved. We invite
our readers to join us on our
journey and check our
progress on our website!
CLICK TO EMPOWER: FINANCIAL TOOLS
Online Financial Curriculum:
Module 1: Surviving Financial Abuse
been more than
Click to Empower
to help break the
cycle of DV
Module 2: Learning Financial Basics
Module 3: Budgeting Your Money
Module 4: Saving and Investing
Module 5: Understanding Your Credit
Module 6: Repairing Your Credit
Module 7: Renting an Apartment
Module 8: Applying for Loans
Module 9: Buying a Home
Module 10: Buying a Car
Module 11: Understanding Insurance
Module 12: Building a Future
The Allstate Foundation has created a comprehensive curriculum to empower
survivors to understand their finances and career choices. The curriculum, Click to
Empower, is specifically designed for the unique needs of survivors and offers
financial knowledge, skills, and resources to get safe, stay safe, and thrive.
According to the foundation, "Assisting survivors to understand the implications of
how to begin to rebuild her credit, saving for the future and where to find on-going
support can make the difference between building financial stability and a survivor
returning to her abuser."
NTS looks forward to utilizing the curricula to further empower our program
participants. For more information, visit www.clicktoempower.org.
Online Career Curriculum:
Module 1: Being Safe During the Job Search and at Work
Module 2: Choosing and Planning for the Career You Want
Module 3: Getting Started in Your Career
Module 4: Preparing for Your Job Search
Module 5: Sharing Information and Communicating in the Job Search and at Work
SPOTLIGHT ON YOU:
MEET ANONYMOUS & J. MATTHEW
-By Barbara Diamond
Reportedly, as many as 40 percent of women who face domestic violence say they don? leave abusive situations because they?
afraid to leave their pets behind. But one brave woman and survivor was able to turn her nightmare into a solution for other
One day, she was physically assaulted by her boyfriend at home. He began pulling at her clothing and straight through a wall, then
began beating her. That? when her courageous dog walked into the room.
Her 110-pound Great Dane named J. Matthew laid on top of her as she was brutally attacked with a hammer, taking the blows
meant for her. The attacker eventually picked up the dog and led him to a busy intersection, leaving him there to die. In the
meantime, the woman was able to escape. Authorities set her up at a nearby women? shelter, called the Rose Brooks Center.
Though J. Matthew sustained broken bones, he survived the attack. However, the Rose Brooks Center had a no-pets policy. The
woman was not about to leave her beloved dog and guardian angel behind, especially after the fact he sacrificed his body for her.
After hearing the woman? story, the center did something incredible. The staff decided to break its own policy banning dogs, and
allowed the woman to bring in J. Matthew and stay there. In 2012, the Rose Brooks Center became the first domestic violence
shelter in the region to welcome four-legged family members. It unveiled its new pet kennel adjacent to the center ? dedicated to
J. Matthew and his mom.
The new pet policy helped save even more lives, prompting women to leave abusive situations and get the help they need.
-Reprinted with permission; the full story, "Her Boyfriend W Brutally Attacking Her. Now W
atch What Her Dog Does" may be
accessed at www.littlethings.com.
i.e. separation from an abusive situation has
been sustained long-term or for a permanent
i.e. taking steps to address or
change an abusive situation
i.e. determining a course
of action to address or
change an abusive
and cons of
i.e. denial about
It is important to recognize the complexities of
domestic violence and its survivors. How many
times have we said or heard, "she should just leave"
or "if it was that bad he wouldn't keep going back"?
These commonly uttered statements reflect our own
misconceptions of the difficult decisions survivors
may face. A decision to remain in an abusive
relationship does not minimize a desire for change.
Nor does contemplating a return to an abusive
relationship minimize a desire for change.
The Stages of Change model, developed by James
Prochaska and Carlos DiClemente, reflects 5 stages
that people often experience on their journey to
change. NTS mission is to serve survivors in
transition...to any stage of change.
Our M s s i on: Br i dge t he Gap i n Ex i s t i ng Pr ogr am
by Pr ov i di ng Nont r adi t i onal Ser v i c es t o
...reduced the burden of proof to a
"preponderance of evidence" to
obtain a peace or protective order
...permitted second- degree
assault as a crime that a
permanent final protective order
may be sought
...enabled judges to enhance
penalties for domestic violence
acts committed in front of a minor
in the home
Dom t i c Vi ol enc e Sur v i v or s
i n Tr ans i t i on
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED:
MOBILITY & DV?!
NTS recognizes the significance of
providing office-based services to
survivors of domestic violence. For
many, an office setting is comfortable
and convenient. However, for others an
office setting may not necessarily be the
most comfortable or convenient option.
In a public setting, the general public
would not be privy to the private
conversation between the survivor and
staff. The survivor would not wear a
name tag to identify as a client nor would
the staff wear a name tag to identify as a
What if the commute to the office is too
time-consuming or too costly? What if it
took less time out of their day to meet in
a meeting room at the library a few
blocks from their home, in an
unoccupied room at their doctor's office,
or at the coffee shop across the street
from their job?
During a presentation at the National
Alliance to End Homelessness
Conference, Kris Billhardt of Home Free
Outreach Services explained how mobile
advocacy removed barriers to survivors
receiving services and discovered a
different subgroup of survivors. In
addition to Home Free, agencies such as
the Mobile Advocate Project in California
and the Crisis Center of Warren County's
Outreach Therapy in New Jersey also
provide core mobile services for survivors.
In Maryland, other groups are offered
mobility such as veterans served by the
Alliance and VA Mobile Unit; the disabled
served by Total Care Services and Service
Coordination; and those living with
HIV/AIDS served by People Encouraging
So why does NTS want to provide
mobility to survivors that are not in
perceived imminent danger? Our response
is... why not?
OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Please join the national
The first Day of Unity
held by the National
of the first
Each October since
1989, US Congress passes
Public Law 101-112 to