On this page you will find many useful resources for yourself or a loved one. Please contact AWARE for additional information or call our 24-hour Crisis Hotline at (517)783-2861 to speak with a trained advocate.
- Domestic Violence
There are numerous websites with helpful information regarding domestic violence. If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic violence, please contact AWARE on our confidential 24-hour Crisis Hotline at (517)783-2861. We are here to help.
- Statistics on Domestic Violence
- Power and Control Wheel Explaining Domestic Violence
- Create My Personalized Safety Plan
- National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
- National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women
- Joyful Heart Foundation
- Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
- Sexual Assault
There are an abundance of resources available to help you learn more about sexual assault. If you or a friend needs help, please contact AWARE on our confidential 24-hour Crisis Hotline at (517) 783-2861. We are here to help.
Stalking is a crime of power and control. The following resources may be helpful to you to understand what stalking is, different types of stalking that can occur, and how you can get help. If you have any questions or would like to talk to AWARE immediately please contact AWARE via our confidential 24-hour Crisis Hotline at (517) 783-2861. We are here to help.
Bullying is a form of youth violence and can occur in person or through technology (electronic aggression, or cyberbullying). Electronic aggression is bullying that occurs through e-mail, a chat room, instant messaging, a website, text messaging, or videos/pictures posted on websites or sent through cell phones. A young person can be a bully, a victim, or both (bully- victim).
Who is at Risk?
A number of factors can increase the risk of a youth engaging in or experiencing bullying. However, the presence of these factors does not always mean that a young person will become a bully or a victim.
Some of the factors associated with a higher likelihood of engaging in bullying behavior include:
- Impulsivity (poor self-control)
- Harsh parenting by caregivers
- Attitudes accepting of violence
Some of the factors associated with a higher likelihood of victimization include:
- Friendship difficulties
- Poor self-esteem
- Quiet, passive manner with lack of assertiveness
How We Can Prevent Bullying
The ultimate goal is to stop bullying before it starts. Research on preventing and addressing bullying is still developing. School-based bullying prevention programs are widely implemented, but infrequently evaluated. Based on a review of the limited research on school-based bullying prevention, the following program elements are promising:
- Improving supervision of students
- Using school rules and behavior management techniques in the classroom and throughout the school to detect and address bullying, providing consequences for bullying
- Having a whole school anti-bullying policy, and enforcing that policy consistently
- Promoting cooperation between different professionals, school staff, and parents
There are many great resources available for teens who want to know more about dating violence. Whether you or your friend needs help, don’t hesitate to contact AWARE on our confidential 24-hour Crisis Hotline at (517) 783-2861.
- College Students
Living on a college campus can be great – late night dorm chats, freedom from your parents, new friends, and tons to do. Even if you are a commuter to your college, college can open up a whole new world of exciting opportunities for you as you pursue your career and life goals.
Dating violence, date rape, and stalking are all things that you, as a college student, may not prefer to think about. However, with as many as one in four female students experiencing sexual assault over the course of their college career and 60% of acquaintance rapes on college campuses occurring in a casual or steady dating relationship, it’s important that you stay informed on ways to protect yourself, practice safe dating, and know how and where to get help if you need it. Additionally, you can use this page to help you discover ways you can get involved and join the cause to help eliminate dating violence all together.
Parents, it can be helpful to have good, reliable resources on hand to help you offer the best support to your child during his/her time of need. Please use our list of references to help you access more information related to the situation you and your child may be facing.
Child sexual abuse, also known as molestation and exploitation, happens whenever a child or an adolescent is threatened, forced, or pressured into any form of sexual contact. Sexual abuse may involve: fondling (inappropriate touch), anal, vaginal, or oral penetration involving any object, mouth-to-genital contact, exhibitionism (sexually exposing oneself), voyeurism (habitually seeking sexual gratification through visual means), verbal stimulation (purposely using sexual words to sexually arouse), and/or making children read, look at, or participate in pornography.
Sexual abuse of children by adults or by other children is a widespread problem. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention reports that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 4 boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they are 18 years old. Sexual abuse can happen to any child, at any age, in any setting.
There is no such thing as a “typical” child abuser. Abusers come from all age, ethnic, social, and economic groups. Research shows that most abusers are male; however, both men and women abuse children. In addition, children are almost always abused by someone they know and trust; a family member, family friend, relative, babysitter, or neighbor. The abuser usually tries to control the victim. The abuser will use force, tricks, and threats, pressure a child into sexual behavior, or make the child feel responsible for the abuse. It is true that some child sexual abusers were also sexually abused as children, however, most child sexual abusers come from homes in which some form of physical, sexual, or psychological violence was present.
Why Counseling May Be Needed
Many people think that they can manage their own worries and troubles. When a child has been physically or sexually abused, however, the stress of the entire experience (the abuse, the telling, the investigation, and/or the legal process) can be overwhelming. All of this could be talked about with a trained professional counselor. The counselor has skills and knowledge to deal with abuse and can guide the child and family through the healing steps.
Children who are hurt by abuse may show some of the following traits:
- Trouble sleeping
- Not wanting to eat or eating too much
- Fears of certain people, places, or being left alone
- Sudden fears of going to school / poor school performance
- Wanting to be alone more than usual
- Crying for no obvious reason
- Angry and grouchy for no obvious reason
- Fear of being separated from parents or caregivers
- Sexual behaviors inappropriate for their age
- Regression to a previous developmental stage
If you notice some of these traits in your child, you may want to seek professional help. AWARE has specially trained master’s level counselors who can help your child and you. Call AWARE at (517) 783-2861.
Websites for Parents/Caregivers:
The following are only some of the many internet resources available. Additional resources can be checked out through the Jackson District Libraries, including books for children and books for parents/caregivers. Counselors at AWARE also have access to materials and resources for survivors and their families.
- Child Help USA
- Darkness to Light
- It Happened to Alexa
- Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry
- National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse
- National Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
- National Children’s Alliance
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Domestic violence affects every member of the family, including the children. Family violence creates a home environment where children live in constant fear. Children who witness family violence are affected in ways similar to children who are physically abused. They are often unable to establish nurturing bonds with either parent. Children are at greater risk for abuse and neglect if they live in a violent home. Statistics show that over 3 million children witness violence in their home each year. Those who see and hear violence in the home suffer physically and emotionally.
Is This Abuse?
Sometimes it can be confusing to know whether domestic and/or sexual violence has occurred. If you know you’ve been abused and need immediate help, please call our confidential 24-hour Crisis Hotline at (517) 783-2861. If you need more information to determine whether you or someone you know has been abused, please choose one of the topics below to learn more about the signs of abuse and what you can do to get help.
Click on a subject below to learn more about abusive behavior.