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Developmental Disabilities and Abuse: How Can You Help?

Developmental Disabilities and Abuse: How Can You Help?

Abuse can happen to people in all walks of life, and as a general rule, we should be on the lookout for the signs of abuse in all of our friends and family members. But through no fault of their own, certain populations can be especially vulnerable to abuse. March is National Developmental Disabilities Month. In a perfect world, National Developmental Disabilities Month should be about celebrating the contributions that[...]

Teen Dating Violence: Beyond the Perfect Valentine's Day Photos

Teen Dating Violence: Beyond the Perfect Valentine's Day Photos

Many young people look forward to February because of Valentine’s Day. After all, what could possibly be bad about a whole day dedicated to celebrating love? For some, it really is a beautiful opportunity to go on a fun date, buy chocolate and flowers, and celebrate one another. But here at the Iowa Victim Service Call Center, we know that “love” is often used to describe relationships that are anything[...]

Stalking: Recognizing the Signs

Stalking: Recognizing the Signs

Back in September 2018, a popular television show called “You” was released on Netflix. The show takes viewers through a whirlwind of events that highlight a stalking situation from the stalker’s perspective. As the show nears its 3rd season, it seems to get more far-fetched with each episode. This makes it easy to ignore the little signs of stalking in real life because they aren’t “that[...]