The Turning Point, Lincoln County’s Self-Help Center, is an agency whose overall mission is to reduce the incidence of family violence, sexual assault, incest, and child abuse.
Provide services to any victim of family violence, sexual assault, incest, and child abuse, including short-term crisis intervention, support, advocacy, shelter, and referral. To minimize the pain and trauma that result from family violence, sexual assault, incest, and child abuse. To provide preventative education programs in the schools and community. To increase the reporting of family violence, sexual assault, incest, and child abuse. The Turning Point began as the dream of four Kemmerer women. These women, all relatively new to the area, met in the fall of 1980 to discuss their personal concerns, frustrations, and experiences as women living in Southwestern Wyoming. What began as a support group quickly became a service group as these women discovered the reality of abuse directed against women and children in Lincoln County. These women decided to plan and develop a shelter and crisis intervention service for the battered and abused. The Turning Point has grown tremendously over the years. We currently have five staff persons and an active volunteer network. Our business office and shelter are located in Kemmerer with an outreach office in Star Valley.
On October 1, 2009 we opened a second shelter, located in Afton that was built with a Community Development Block Grant funds, Lincoln County funds and 100,000.00 in donation and fundraising dollars. Prevention is considered an important element in The Turning Point philosophy. We work hard to create community awareness of the reality of family violence, sexual assault, incest, and child abuse, and to teach alternatives to violent and aggressive behaviors. Clients, as always, remain to primary concern of the staff and volunteers.
We have established a network with other agencies to meet the needs of victim survivors. We at The Turning Point are all advocates of people, of children, adults, and the elderly. We work to create a community and a society where people can live with dignity and safety. The Turning Point does not discriminate against any individual or group based upon age
The overall mission of this agency is to reduce the incidence of family violence, sexual assault, stalking, incest and child abuse in Lincoln County by providing comprehensive services and options to any victim, and by providing preventive education programs in the school, communities and other community agencies.
These services will be provided in a supportive, non-judgmental manner, stressing empowerment of the individual. This will enable victims the opportunity to make informed choices regarding their life situation and provide a more favorable environment in which victims may seek recovery.
Stalking is a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalking can include:
Source: Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime
Sexual assault is sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Even if the person was you date, boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, or friend they still need your consent. You did not give consent if:
Some forms of sexual assault are:
Sexual assault does not always mean that there was physical violence. Perpetrators may use emotional coercion, psychical force or manipulation, threats etc.
Coercion is being pressured or forced to do a sexual activity that you did not want to do.
Some Forms of Coercion are:
Recovering from sexual assault takes time and is different for everyone.
The Turning Point Provides Crisis Counseling and Support for Victims of:
The Turning Point Offers 24 HR-Crisis Hotline Trained Volunteer Advocates. We Provide :
Volunteers are the epicenter of Turning Point. Providing advocacy, support and a listening ear 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Prior experience is not required; the only prerequisites are compassion and a desire to make a difference. Volunteering starts with a free 40-hour training course, offered throughout the year at both our Star Valley and Kemmerer locations.
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Star Valley: 307-885-9072
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Supported in part by the Office of the Attorney General Division of Victim Services