The Inside Story

Why Don't They Just Leave?

I recently attended a women’s leadership conference.  It had all of the things my inner introvert doesn’t quite love - dancing, actively meeting new people - you get it.  On a break, I had a woman say to me, “I’m really blunt and I just have a question.” You know, how people say ‘no offense’ right after saying something really offensive, as though that gives a free pass?[...]

What If I Told You?

What if I told you that someone you know needs us?  It could be a family member.  It could be a friend.  It could be a neighbor, a coworker, or someone you greet in church each Sunday.  It could be the cashier at the grocery store or the child you see playing outside as soon as the weather is nice enough. What if I told you that all those who need us are facing fear, sorrow, isolation, violence, and so[...]

Two Sides Of A City

I've seen two sides of a city.  I've seen a city come alive as they prepare to host one of the biggest sporting events of the year.  Everything and everyone is buzzing with excitement, and it makes you proud to call that city home.  I've also seen a city become a breeding ground for some of the most atrocious crimes committed against other humans.  A city that welcomes in people from[...]

A Beacon of Light

I’m sitting down to write a piece for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and truly feel at a loss for words.  Things at the agency have been busy.  Busy probably doesn’t do it justice.  The words I’ve heard down the hallways have been “heavy” “urgent” “crazy” “drowning” “devastated.”  I wouldn’t say things at the agency[...]

An Office Tour at FCC

I walked into my office after hours last week.  I had just gotten back in town from a conference and needed to drop off some keys, paperwork, etc. Normal logistical stuff. If you had walked through the office with me, it likely would not have left too much of an impression on you.  Offices, conference room, cubicles, kitchen.  Staff mailboxes, empty office chairs, file cabinets. You might notice a few[...]

Shari Kastein Honored with Awards in Victim Services

We are thrilled to announce that our CEO, Shari Kastein, has been honored with the Award of Excellence in Victim Services and the John & Kay Egan Award for her exceptional work serving victims of crime in Iowa.  Both awards were presented on April 6th during the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Commemoration event in Des Moines, Iowa, where Shari was a guest speaker. The awards recognize individuals who[...]

Iowa Domestic Violence Helpline Taking Calls

Iowa Domestic Violence Helpline, a statewide domestic violence call center, began taking its first calls on October 1, 2015. The call center, a product of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. All services provided are completely free and confidential. It will be a great resource for victims and survivors, as well as an asset to the state. Several things took[...]

October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

DVAM History Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. The[...]