February 2017 Newsletter

VOICe is bringing in the 2016-2017 fiscal year with a new look! Don't worry, we still offer the same free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes.

For more information about VOICe's services, please call our 24-hour hotline at 1.800.400.8551, or visit our website .

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. "Teen dating" spans from teens to 20-somethings and can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or class. Dating violence can be physical, emotional/verbal, sexual, financial, or digital. Teen dating violence is common; 1 in 3 teens in the US have experienced some form of abuse by a dating partner.
Red Flags of an Abusive Teen Relationship
  • Checking a partner's cell phone or email without permission
  • Constantly putting a partner down
  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Explosive temper
  • Isolating a partner from family or friends
  • Making false accusations
  • Mood swings
  • Physically hurting a partner in any way
  • Possessiveness
  • Telling a partner what to do
  • Pressuring or forcing a partner to have sex
Respect Week Guide

February 13-17 is Respect Week. For anyone who interacts with teens regularly, this guide has important steps and tips for educating teens on healthy relationships.

Modeling respect in relationships is a crucial start, but we need to be able to have actual conversations about what is good and what is bad in relationships. Teens receive so many messages from mainstream media, social media, and their peers. Parents, mentors, friends, and teens can help bring awareness to teen dating violence together. Will you join the conversation?

View 2017's Respect Week Guide
Talking to Both Sons and Daughters About Healthy Sex

Three in four parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence. Studies show that teens who communicate with their parents about sex use safer sex practices.

Discussions about healthy teen relationships and healthy sex need to be ongoing conversations between teens and trusted adults. Reiterating the message helps teach the lessons and accounts for the rapidly changing landscape of adolescent sexual activity.

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Ashley Judd Works on Ending Online Gender Violence

Online gender violence has become a reality for so many teens and adults. From threats of violence and death to verbal attacks, to sexual harassment, teens are learning about topics and how to talk to people through an online world riddled with violence.

According to a 2015 U.N. report, an estimated 73% of women have endured cyber violence, and women are 27 times more likely than men to be harassed online. That's why it's important for us to talk to our teens about online violence and advocate for respect for all.

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Make a Difference
Join Our Team

VOICe currently has positions available.

If you are interested in working with, and advocating on behalf of, survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and other crimes, view our current opportunities.

All positions require Act 33/34 clearances and valid ID/drivers' license. Applicants must also have the ability to lift 25 lbs.
Volunteer at VOICe

There is only so much our staff can do without help from dedicated, compassionate members of the community such as yourself.

Every hour you can give, and every task you can help us complete, helps survivors in Butler County. No matter how big or how small your actions, YOU make the difference.

Join Our Board

VOICe is looking for local residents interested in shaping the social change of our community. The agency operates with several standing committees. Each committee is an integral part of agency operations and is in need of talented members like you!

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    Victim Outreach Intervention Center  
111 South Cliff Street, Suite 1A
   Butler, PA 16001  
  Butler Office: 724.283.8700 
    Outreach Office: 724.776.5910 
    24-Hour Hotline: 1.800.400.8551