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Domestic Violence Isn't Always Physical...

When most people read or hear about domestic violence, their minds often think of physical abuse. However, domestic violence can include other forms of abuse such as emotional, sexual and financial abuse. As defined by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV), domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors, violence, or threats of violence that one person uses to establish power and control over an intimate partner.

According to the annual report to the legislature by FCADV, financial abuse occurs in 98% of all domestic violence cases. In the annual report, survivors stated that abusers utilized a multitude of economically-related tactics to gain and maintain power and control over them. Some tactics that an abuser can utilize to maintain power and control include:

  • Ruining their partner’s credit
  • Giving an allowance to their partner
  • Denying access to income or financial accounts
  • Making financial decisions without consulting their partner
  • Not paying child support so they can’t afford rent, food, and other needed items
  • Preventing their partner from working or demanding they quit their job
  • Stalking or harassing their partner at work

Experiencing financial abuse can prohibit a survivor from leaving an abusive relationship since they don’t have the financial security to move into a safe place. At HOPE Family Services, we have established the Economic Empowerment program where the participant can meet with an advocate to create a financial safety plan and work on achieving financial independence.

Our Economic Empowerment program can assist participants with developing a spending plan or budget, securing affordable housing, and achieve higher education such as a GED, certifications, or degrees. The program also helps with assistance in job search strategies, resume development, and job interview skills to help obtain employment. We work with our participants based upon what their goals are so that they can achieve economic stability.

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Handbags & Happy Hour 2019

We’re counting down the days to Handbags & Happy Hour! Meet us at the Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 4:30 pm. 

HOPE Family Services (HOPE) and Women’s Resource Center (WRC) are excited to be collaborating once again to bring awareness of the life-changing services offered to women in our region. We loved the first-ever Handbags & Happy Hour event last year and are thrilled to bring it back for 2019. 

Join us for an evening full of fun & fashion – it’s women supporting women! You can expect delicious appetizers, a premium open bar, a wide variety of gorgeous designer handbags, jewelry and other raffle prizes. This event will also feature pop-up shops, a photo booth, music, and much more!

Invite your friends to a fabulous girls’ night out! Guests are encouraged to bring purses to donate to women who are working to change their lives at HOPE Family Services and the Women’s Resource Center. 

Every ticket to Handbags & Happy Hour helps to ensure women in our community have support to empower themselves and transform their lives. Thank you for your belief in HOPE & WRC!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKET 

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please email Lynn Lavigne-Quinn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (941) 747-8499.

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Masala Giving Circle Grant

On May 15th, the Masala Giving Circle, a philanthropic organization of African-American women, held its Annual Grant Award Ceremony at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Nearly $20,000 was provided to four organizations with missions to improve the quality of life for African-Americans in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Since its founding, the Masala Giving Circle has awarded nearly $60,000 into the community.

HOPE Family Services (HOPE) was honored to be one of the organizations recognized by this amazing giving circle and thanks to their generosity, $2,500 was awarded to provide multicultural hair care products, education, and empowerment to victims and survivors of domestic violence who reside in HOPE’s Emergency Safe Shelter. HOPE’s goal is to provide hair care products to all survivors of domestic violence, including African Americans/Blacks, who reside at HOPE’s Emergency Safe Shelter. HOPE staff want to make sure all residents are provided with basic needs. Ensuring they have what they need helps them move forward to a healthy and independent life. 

With the Masala Giving Circle grant, HOPE staff are also able to provide empowering educational classes for Women of Color. Through the classes, staff teach residents how to minimize bullying of their children, which often happens when incorrect products and techniques are used. We have seen an increase in children’s and adults’ self-confidence by using new products, styles, and techniques. Being sensitive to the needs of all clients is important and thanks to the Masala Giving Circle, their needs are met.

“Masala Giving Circle exists to promote economic and personal empowerment in our community,” says Marilyn Thompson, the group’s president. “Since our inception, our giving philosophy has been to carry on traditions of support passed down through African ancestry and do our part to make the African-American communities stronger and more self-sustainable.”

We are so grateful to the wonderful women of the Masala Giving Circle for supporting women of color in our community and supporting HOPE’s mission

 

Pictured below are photos from the Masala Giving Circle Annual Grant Awardee Ceremony & products purchased with the grant awarded to HOPE. 

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Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Donation

Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Donates $710 to HOPE Family Services Emergency Safe Shelter

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(Pictured from left to right are Barbara McCrea of MUUF, Elsa Hanna of HOPE, and Rev. Fred L Hammond of MUUF.)

Bradenton, FL, August 15, 2019. - The small congregation of Bradenton’s Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (MUUF) recently donated $710.00 for the Emergency Safe Shelter needs of HOPE Family Services in Bradenton.  The Special Collection was specifically designated to fund the needs of the Shelter which is one of the many services provided by HOPE to promote safety, strength, and well-being for those affected by domestic violence.

HOPE is Manatee County’s state-certified domestic violence service provider.  Elsa Hanna, a HOPE staff member, was present for the donation.  Bill Hayes, Special Collection Coordinator for MUUF, said: “Our Fellowship is committed to social justice and it is a pleasure to support you with this financial help.”

HOPE provides a safe place in a confidential location for victims of domestic violence.  The Shelter is designed to give victims time in a safe place, so they can evaluate their options and gain skills that empower them to live a life safe from an abusive partner.  Mothers and children arrive at the Shelter with few belongings – if any.  Mothers have urgent demands on what little money they may have and are unable to replace what they couldn’t bring with them.  There are always ongoing Shelter needs, that’s why the Special Collection was specifically designated to fund the needs of HOPE’s Emergency Safe Shelter.  To find out more about domestic violence and HOPE’s services visit their website at https://www.hopefamilyservice.org/ or contact HOPE’s Outreach Office at 941-747-8499.

MUUF is a friendly beacon for religious freedom, supporting lifelong spiritual growth and working for social justice with compassion and love.  For more information about MUUF call 941-746-0067 or visit the MUUF website at www.manateeuuf.org.

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