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COMBAT News

  1. June 8, 2021
    One Gunshot Wound Survivor's Story
    One_Survivors_StorySince the end of 2016, there have been more than 2,000 non-fatal shootings in Jackson County. This is the story of one survivor as she deals with the "harsh realities" of trying to make a full recovery. "I don't know what I felt," says Lisa, who miraculously suffered no critical injuries despite being shot in the abdomen. "A lot was running through my mind—mostly my family. You just don't know at that moment if you're going to be OK." Given all the damage done to her home during the same incident that left with her a bullet wound, Lisa is still dealing with considerable anxiety as she tries to approach life one dayand one breathat a time.
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  2. June 4, 2021
    Providing 'Psychological First Aid' & More
    All_The_Damage_A_Bullet_Can_CauseTrauma surgeons can describe in graphic detail the bloody horror bullets inflict when they pierce the skin and violate the body. But for individuals fortunate enough to survive a gunshot wound (GSW), recovering physically might be only half the struggle. “To not address the psychological trauma done to survivors puts them at grave risk,” stresses Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. Project RISE, a COMBAT-funded program at Truman Medical Center/University Health, focuses on helping GSW survivors make a full recovery. Since Project RISE was introduced in September of 2019, nearly 300 survivors of gun violence have been screened for Post-Trauma Stress Disorder and received Psychological First Aid.
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  3. April 23, 2021 Deadline
    2021_Mid-Year_FundingCOMBAT Accepting Applications For Mid-Year Funding
    COMBAT is currently accepting applications for 2021 mid-year funding to support Anti-Violence programs addressing two specific issues: Youth Employment  and Domestic Violence. The youth programs must be focused on finding 13- to 17-year-olds work in their communities. COMBAT will also fund accepted proposals that provide essential services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, in addition to prevention programs that promote healthy relationship skills. The deadline for submitting online applications is Friday, April 23. 
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  4. April 21, 2021
    Victim_Advocate_250They Found Their Calling
    Combined, Doris Cannon and Marilyn Layton have more than a half-century of experience as Victim Advocates in the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. For both being an Advocate is more than just a job; it’s their calling. Advocates serve as liaisons between the victims—or their surviving family members—and the attorneys in the Prosecutor’s Office. They guide victims through the complexities of the legal process, attend all court hearings with them and can refer them for counseling and other services. “The families I work with have been going through probably the worst experience of their lives," says Cannon, who is assigned to homicide cases. If I can do anything to help them get through it, I’ve done some good. That’s what keeps me going.” » MORE

  5. April 15, 2021
    Carrying_For_Crime_Victirms_365Caring For Crime Survivors
    “Although a case might never be passed along the to the Prosecutor’s Office for charges, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything we can do to help these crime victims become crime survivors who are better able to get on with their lives.” The Caring For Crime Survivors program—created by the Prosecutor’s Office and operated in partnership with the AdHoc Group Against Crime, with funding from COMBAT—can provide referrals to counseling and facilitate repairs to property damaged during a crime. AdHoc has many of the doors pierced with bullets transformed into artwork.   
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