This past week, the Boyden-Hull JR/SR High School faculty and staff participated in a Domestic Violence Awareness Simulation, ‘In Her Shoes®’, which is developed and owned by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Seattle, WA; www.wscadv.org. The following day, the senior class at the school participated in the simulation.
‘In Her Shoes®’ is a great community education tool designed for participants to learn about domestic violence, it’s impact on survivors, as well as showing some of the frustrating hurdles a victim of domestic violence may experience.
This was a collaborative effort with members of the Sioux County Attorney’s Office, Family Crisis Center, the Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer, Deputy Waylon Pollema and Andreah Maassen, the Boyden-Hull Community School District nurse.
The staff and students were put into groups and made their way through simulations by having to make several decisions based on the circumstances they found themselves in. Pollema said, “This generated some great conversations and tough questions; we received overwhelmingly positive feedback from both the staff and the students.”
Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle, Beverly Heronemus, Paralegal and Office Manager, and Alison Kamp, the Victim Witness Coordinator, were representatives from the Sioux County Attorney’s Office. Sara Espey (Domestic violence advocate), Haley DenAdel (Housing advocate) and Kara Brouwer (Domestic Violence advocate intern) were representatives from the Family Crisis Center. Captain Jamie Van Voorst was also present from the sheriff’s office.
Thank you to all of the people who volunteered their time and professional resources to make this successful event possible.