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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Men Will “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”

Big Bear Lake, CA, October 2, 2013 – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. That means it’s time for the annual “Walk-a-Mile-in-Her-Shoes” event, presented by  DOVES on October 6th at the Big Bear Masonic Lodge. The day’s awareness activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a free lunch and a presentation on the theme of “It Takes a Community,” where community heroes will be recognized for their positive contributions to the DOVES mission of conflict resolution through nonviolent means. At the end of the lunch, men and boys will strap on women’s shoes for a walk along the boulevard. Once again, members of the Big Bear High School football team will carry the banner announcing they are “Men Marching Against Violence Against Women.” Any male is invited to join in to show support. The events are free, but a $10.00 donation to cover the costs of food and shoes will be gladly...

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Congressman Names Distinguished Big Bear Residents

Apple Valley, CA, August 27, 2013 – August 23rd brought what U.S. Congressman Paul Cook hopes will be an annual event: the Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony. Rep. Cook represents our 8th congressional district and put out a call in July for nominations for women who give back to their communities. The event was held at the Apple Valley Town Hall Conference Center and was attended by approximately 300 people. Among the 60 honorees, four were from the Big Bear Valley: Sharon Gytri, Kathleen Harper, Elizabeth Harris Ed. D. and Kim Sweet. Sharon Gytri is a retired educator who continues to substitute teach part-time for the Big Bear Unified School District. Sharon volunteers for many different causes, including the March of Dimes and the Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival. She is also a member of a Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla, spending summer weekends safeguarding the boating public on Big Bear Lake. Kathi Harper is the CEO of Domestic Violence Education and Services (DOVES) of Big Bear Valley, a shelter-based domestic violence services agency. Kathleen works to end domestic violence by providing safe shelter to those suffering from abuse and promoting healthy relationship models for our youth. Liz Harris spent 35 years as an educator and currently works as a Field Representative for San Bernardino County 3rd District Supervisor James Ramos. In addition, Liz is the founder of the Big Bear Valley Education Trust and a former member of the Big Bear Lake City Council....

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DOVES Nest Thrift Boutique Open House

Big Bear Lake, CA, December 8, 2012 – DOVES (Domestic Violence Education and Services) Nest Thrift Boutique is having a special Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 8, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Come by for hot cider, cocoa, and holiday treats as you browse their holiday specials.  There will be a children’s table, where everything is under a dollar, nearly new toys to brighten a child’s holiday, and warm winter clothes, including ski parkas, bibs and overalls.  During the Open House, you can get any purchase over $10 wrapped for free. All proceeds go to support DOVES mission to serve as the community’s resource to end domestic violence.  For more information, call Jane Hewitt at...

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