Tag: DOVES

DOVES ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ Event Raises Community Awareness

Big Bear, CA, September 22, 2016 – Each year, an ever-increasing number of men, women and their families are joining Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. A Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to men’s sexualized violence against women. There is an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Walk a Mile in Her Shoes asks men to literally...

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Please Join DOVES In Showing Support For Denim Day On Wednesday, April 27th!

Big Bear, CA, April 25th, 2016 – This year marks the 17th celebration of Denim Day.  The inspiration of Denim Day came from the 1992 case of a young girl who was raped by the driving instructor of a behind-the-wheel class. The perpetrator was arrested, tried and convicted, but he appealed his case and the Supreme Court overturned his conviction. The Chief Judge reasoned that, “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans, it was no longer rape but consensual sex.” This ruling outraged women in the Italian Parliament,...

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Distinguished Big Bear Residents to Receive ‘Eagle of Excellence’ Awards

Big Bear, CA, May 27, 2015 – The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake will host its eighteenth annual “Eagle of Excellence” Community Service Awards Ceremony and Dinner on Sunday, June 7th. The dinner and awards ceremony is dedicated to honoring members of the Big Bear community that exhibit a very high caliber of professionalism, enthusiasm, work ethic and commitment to service, not only in their vocational field, but also in how they demonstrate excellence in the personal giving of time, energy and influence on others within the Bear Valley community. Since the Rotary Club began this program in 1998, over 91 individuals, mostly non­ Rotarians, have been honored with the “Eagle of Excellence” award. This year’s honorees include a distinguished group of Bear Valley residents from a variety of professions. The 2015 group of honorees include Renee Wagner, owner of the Barnstorm Restaurant who has volunteered her time with Rotary, Doves, and the Arts Council; Paul Senft, a software designer and IT lecturer who, among other things, has been very involved with the Big Bear Valley Education Trust and the AARP TaxAide Program, providing free tax services to seniors and low income families in Big Bear; Ed Wallace, who serves on the boards of the Sierra Club – Big Bear Group, the Bear Valley Trails Foundation, the Big Bear Valley Education Trust, and Friends of the Big Bear Valley;...

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Guiding Teens Toward Healthy Relationships

Big Bear, CA, March 18, 2014 – According to a national survey, one in three adolescents in the United States is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner. In collaboration with Common Ground, DOVES will be educating parents, grandparents, teachers and community members on the warning signs of teen dating violence and share effective tools to guide teens toward healthy relationships. Love is respect, and it’s important teens understand what that means. Effective methods of communicating with teens about this sensitive subject will be shared at a free workshop on Wednesday March 19th at 6:00 to 7:30pm in the Big Bear Middle School cafeteria. You may reserve your spot for this important workshop by calling...

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DOVES Latest Executive Director Describes New Focus

Big Bear Lake, CA, February 17, 2014 – During 31 years of providing domestic and violence education services, DOVES of Big Bear Valley has had only three Executive Directors: Janet Trott, Kathi Harper and most recently, Helen Adams. Adams accepted the title at the January board meeting after serving as interim director since her predecessor retired last fall. Prior to joining DOVES as the Director of Shelter Services, she worked in the Bear Valley Unified School District for nearly two decades. She holds a BA in Sociology from Biola University and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. Adams described for KBHR the organization’s priority going forward. “What we will be focusing on in a more intentional way is a shift to an agency-wide trauma-informed model of care.  A trauma-informed approach involves having a basic understanding of trauma and how trauma impacts survivors, and is sensitive and respectful to an individual client’s needs.” Adams emphasizes that offering the programs and services to clients seeking help would be impossible without the generous support of community members and businesses.        DOVES used Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month to get students thinking about healthy relationships....

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