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Donate gift items to help the Domestic Violence Intervention Program brighten the holidays for kids

All year round the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) provides support and advocacy services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, and each year at this time, it also helps its provide holiday cheer for children. From now until Christmas Eve, DVIP is accepting donations of toys and other gifts for its annual Holiday Store. […]

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The issue of accountability

From the election of Donald Trump to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to a seat on the Supreme Court, I and other assault survivors have been deeply triggered and overwhelmed by recent and ongoing national rhetoric. Kavanaugh’s angry denial of all impropriety — except the occasional overuse of beer — was perhaps the most disheartening aspect of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the allegations against him, during which his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, recalling her assault decades ago, was dignified and credible.
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Shop Hy-Vee, assist families at DVIP

During the past week, with Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination has dominated the news, a lot of people have felt a combination of burning anger and frustration over the treatment of women in our country, and have been looking for a way to channel those feelings into something positive. There will be a chance to do just this weekend, and all you have to do is go grocery shopping. […]

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Dear Kiki: I recently left my abuser. Is it safe to use Tinder?

Questions about love and sex in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area can be sent to dearkiki@littlevillagemag.com (queries can also be sent anonymously using this form). Questions may be edited for clarity and length, and may appear either in print or online. Dear Kiki, I’d like to try dating again, specifically trying out Tinder. I recently […]

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Iowa lawmaker explains why she wants to make it harder for victims of domestic and sexual abuse to get protective orders

During a meeting with constituents on Saturday, Rep. Sandy Salmon claimed the two bills she introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives this month that would make it harder for victims of domestic and sexual abuse to get temporary protective orders were just attempts to “explore some options that curb abuses in the system.” […]

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Iowa lawmaker wants to make it harder for domestic and sexual violence victims to get protective orders

Two bills recently introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives would make it harder for victims of domestic and sexual abuse to get temporary protective orders. Both bills, HF 2214 and HF 2246, were both introduced by Rep. Sandy Salmon, a Republican from Janesville. She is also currently the sole sponsor of both bills. […]

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The Me Too domino effect in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and beyond

“This fight is for all of us. It is not a fight for just survivors,” said Katryn Duarte, assistant director for sexual assault services at the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP). “If we really want to eliminate sexual violence, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on what that means and how to stop it.” […]

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Soup’s on: Annual ‘Souper Bowl’ event on Thursday supports Domestic Violence Intervention Program

DVIP 20th Annual “Souper Bowl” Fundraiser Clarion Highlander Hotel (2525 N Dodge St, IC) — Thursday, Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for the the Domestic Violence Intervention Program’s annual “Souper Bowl” fundraiser tomorrow, Feb. 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Iowa City’s Clarion Highlander Hotel (2525 N Dodge St.). The event helps […]

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