Have you ever had a question and didn’t know where to find the answer? If so, you’ve come to the right place. This section is a compilation of answers to the questions we are most regularly asked. If you can’t find the question you wanted to ask, don’t hesitate to contact us at: email@example.com or 402-476-2110.
- What does your organization do?
- Where are you located & what are your hours?
- Is there a fee for your services?
- Do you help male victims?
- Am I a victim?
- How many people do you serve each year?
- How can I get involved?
Voices of Hope provides comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and related forms of abuse such as stalking, harassment, and incest. For a complete listing of all of our services visit the Programs & Services page of our website.
Where are you located & what are your hours?
Voices of Hope is located at 2545 N St. in Lincoln, NE. We are accessible 24-hours a day through our crisis line: 402-475-7273.
Our facility is open for walk-in services from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday – Friday. In addition, we are open until 7:00 pm on Wednesday.
Is there a fee for your services?
NO. Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and related forms of abuse, along with their family members, receive free services.
Do you help male victims?
Yes, we do help male victims of sexual assault, incest or domestic violence on a one-to-one basis, through our walk-in or counseling. At this time, we have no support groups for males.
Am I a victim?
• Is it domestic violence if I am not being hit?
Yes it is. Domestic violence includes the continuum from verbal and emotional abuse to physical and sexual abuse.
• Is it rape if I voluntarily drink too much or take drugs?
Consent can only be given by someone who is acting freely and voluntarily. They must also have knowledge of the nature of the act involved. Being unconscious or drunk means you cannot give consent.
• If I asked my attacker to wear a condom, is that considered consent?
Overall, one must look at the situation as a whole. It may seem inevitable that the rape will occur–asking for protection from disease and pregnancy is not consenting.
• Is it rape if I did not fight him off or try to escape?
Whatever you did–you survived. Therefore, you did what you needed to do in order to stay alive. You only need to say “no” OR not say “yes” for consent to be withheld.
• Can a minor lawfully consent to having sex with another minor?
Unless they are married, a minor cannot legally give consent. Even so, prosecution in this area is rare unless there is a large age difference or if one of the participants is very young. Prosecution and penalties will vary from state to state.
• Can a minor consent to having sex with an adult?
No! A minor cannot legally give consent, no matter how willing s/he may be. This is something that can be prosecuted. In Nebraska, sex between someone 19 or over with someone under 16 can result in a charge of first degree sexual assault.
How many people do you serve each year?
Last year Voices of Hope provided the following number of services:
* Answered 10,253 client-related calls on our 24-hour crisis line and office phones
* Served 1,359 unduplicated adult victims
* Served 341 children
* Assisted with 246 protection orders
* Provided 124 medical advocacies
* Followed up on 910 calls from law enforcement with information to victims
* Provided over 7,000 face-to-face contacts with victims and their families
Anyone using our services can be assured of their personal confidentiality. It is a priority of our agency and critical to client safety.
If you are a volunteer ror donor to our agency, we want you to know that we do not sell or otherwise disclose information about our volunteers or supporters outside of our immediate organization. This policy has no exceptions. We do not sell or exchange your information with any other organizations, public, private or nonprofit. .
We’re always on the lookout for individuals like you wanting to get involved.
We rely on volunteers to help answer our 24-hour crisis line, particularly on evenings and weekends. Crisis line calls are routed to your home phone or cell phone during your "shift" hours. Prior to serving as a crisis line volunteer, you must successfully complete our 34-hour training session. Three sessions are offered each year.
We also welcome individuals who are interested in other means of volunteering such as volunteering for a fundraising event, helping with yard work, painting, clean up at our facility, or undertaking special projects.
To volunteer as a crisis line worker or in another capacity, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-476-2110
You can also get involved by sponsoring a fundraising activity on behalf of Voices of Hope or by donating now to support our agency.
To learn more about volunteering at Voices of Hope, visit our "Get Involved" section to find out ways to donate or volunteer.