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Youth and teens are experiencing high levels of victimization. Crimes that are happening against young people range from neglect and abuse to homicide and assaultive violence. These traumatic events can affect a victim’s entire lifestyle.
To help our youth and families move forward and heal from community violence, YSB pursued and received a grant for Victims of Community Violence Services: Funding provided by Award No.16-VA-GX-0027 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice.
For this grant, youth victims of community violence are defined as:
“Minor victims who directly experience or witness violent crime in the home, school, work, or neighborhood.”
Acts of violence covered under this grant include:
- Assault and Battery (includes threats of violence)
- Bullying (cyber, physical, verbal)
- Child Abuse
- Child Sexual Abuse or Assault (Includes teen sexual assault) – Eligible for FREE service at Safe Passage – 815-756-5228
- Domestic and/or Family Violence
- Gang Related Violence
- Gun Violence
- Survivors of Homicide Victims
- Teen Dating Victimization – Eligible for FREE service at Safe Passage – 815-756-5228
Services are available to the youth and the family. Click here to download our brochure: Youth Brochure DCYSB (3)
Through collaboration, DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau (YSB) and Hope Haven received grants from the DeKalb County Community Foundation and The Douglas C. and Lynn M. Roberts Family Foundation to bring therapists through an intensive 70-hour course in Traumatic Stress Studies through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute founded by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
“The opportunity to learn from national experts in the field of trauma focused therapy, strengthened our therapists skills and will help heal youth who have experienced childhood trauma,” expressed Hope Haven’s Executive Director Lesly Wicks. Nine clinicians achieved certification in the course that included topics such as attachment and relationships, regulation, dissociation, traumatic experiences integration, internal family systems, trauma processing, and enhancing competency.
Research shows that more than 60% of children are exposed to some type of violence each year. This can affect the sense of safety, diminish capacity to trust and attach to others, and can disrupt neurodevelopment. According to the Center for Disease Control’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, adults who experienced trauma as a youth are 15 times more likely to commit suicide, 4 times more likely to become an alcoholic and/or inject drugs, and 3 times more likely to experience depression. Early detection and intervention can provide healing and foster resilience, helping youth build healthy lives and relationships.
“Trauma does not resonate solely within an individual and I believe the systemic components that this program offered has also increased the skills of all our clinicians to provide the best form of counseling and care for our clients,” explains YSB’s Associate Director Claire Maschinski, “Working with children who have experienced trauma of any kind requires a high level of intentionality and the 2016-2017 Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies has increased my ability to be dedicated and purposeful in the therapeutic work that I do with my adolescent clients and their families.”
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