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Crisis Intervention Services serves any victim of a violent crime or any type of abuse, which includes domestic abuse or stalking, sexual assault, survivors of homicide, victims of violent crimes, such as assault, robbery, kidnapping, harassment, etc., and victims of human trafficking.

The services offers a 24-hour Crisis Line - for sexual assault call, 800-479-9071 or for domestic abuse call, 855-424-9133. The service is available to agencies and clients at all times.

The hotline can help callers after hours and have the local advocate follow up with the person the next day.

• During office hours your local advocates can be reached at (for sexual assault) Erin Myers 641-832-8456 or (for domestic assault), Emily Propst 641-228-0015.

Services offered include counseling, legal advocacy, medical advocacy, information and referral, housing advocacy and safety planning.

Some statistics, regarding domestic abuse -

Women -

1 in 4 Women will experience abuse from an intimate partner in her lifetime.

Domestic Abuse is the leading cause of injury to women – more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.

A woman is 70x more likely to be murdered in the few weeks after leaving her abusive partner than at any other time in the relationship.

Intimate partner violence is the leading cause of homicide and injury related death in pregnant women.

Every day in the US more than threewoman are murdered by their boyfriends or spouses. Financial abuse occurs in 98 percent of all domestic violence cases. The number one reason domestic abuse survivors stay or return to the abusive relationship is because the abuser controls their money supply, leaving them with no financial resources to break free.

Men -

15 percent of domestic abuse victims are men.

2 in 5 Men in same sex relationships will experience intimate partner violence.

1 in 18 Men have been stalked by a present or past intimate partner.

Teens -

1 in 3 Adolescents in the US is the victim of physical, emotional, sexual or verbal abuse from a dating partner.

1 in 10 High School students have been physically assaulted by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

1 in 4 High School girls have been victims of physical or sexual assault.

1 in 5 Teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.

Children -

1 in 15 children are exposed to domestic violence.

In homes where domestic abuse is present children are neglected and abused at 15X higher rate than the national average.

North Iowa -

These numbers are domestic abuse clients only, seen by Crisis Intervention Service, for our last fiscal year - Mitchell 139, Floyd 391, Worth 97, Hancock 123 and Winnebago 273.

A total of 291 adults and children have been killed in the state of Iowa as a result of domestic abuse since 1995.


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