Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Awareness Saves Lives - Recognizing Violence in Relationships


I just watched the movie "Unforgettable".

I was screaming inside my head "Don't Be Silent" the whole time as I was watching this movie.

As a Domestic Violence and Stalking Awareness trainer I am going to use it as a teachable movie. There was clearly one unstable person in the entire movie that was working through the classic power and control tactics with precision.

Helpful hints in Intimate Relationships:

1. Do not keep secrets in your relationships. Past spurned lovers, violent exes and expired restraining orders are things you Should be telling your current partner about.
2.  Do not assume you know why your partner's previous relationship ended. Ask. Both of Them.  Every exe can't be crazy (though some really are and are undiagnosed )
3. If the whole family gives you creepy vibes, trust your instincts, we are rarely wrong.
4. Male and Females can be the Abusers.
5. Just because you're "not together " does not mean you're safe. You must make sure everyone is aware that the abuser is not to be near you.

Again this movie showed how an abusive relationship can affect, hurt or even kill those closes to you when you stay silent.

#SayNotoDV #DomesticViolence #AwarenessSavesLives

Friday, March 31, 2017

We help The One

There is a popular story about a young child throwing starfish off of a beach into the water.  The child is enjoying a walk along the beach and notices hundreds of starfish washed up on the beach by the waves of the ocean.  The child begins quickly and eagerly picking up starfish and throwing them back into the ocean.  He doesn't want the starfish to die.  While he's throwing back the starfish an older man walks up near him on the beach.  He watches what the child is doing.  He looks at the child and asked, "What are you doing ?"  The child says, "I am saving the starfish " the man says, "What possible difference could you make, there's thousands of starfish washed up on this beach? "

The little boy grabs another starfish and throws it into the ocean then looks at the man and says, "It made a difference to that one. "

As law enforcement officers we are blessed with daily opportunities to make a difference for "the one".  We encounter many starfishes in the form of the citizens we serve. Let's always have that child's heart and focus wholeheartedly on making a difference to the one(s) placed in our lives.

Shine Your Light.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Life Live It to Its Fullest, it's your choice

I Love My Life and am so thankful for all that God has blessed me with; the people, the opportunities, the challenges, the things I have are all Gifts from God.  I will celebrate these Gifts.  I will make the most of these Gifts. I will make the most of this Life God has given me.

Today is a gift that's why it's called the present.  Be present in the present and show the Lord your gratitude for The Life He has given you.

Use your talent, skills and abilities as a gift to help others in whatever situation you find yourself in.

Choose Love in your attitude always.  Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react.  We choose our reaction.

Resist anger.  Choose grace and understanding. We know at times we need mercy and patience.

Make the choice of kindness.  This is the greatest way we can show God our appreciation for our lives.

Choose to Make it a Great day for you and for those you come into contact with.

Blessings :)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tragedy on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Bereavement Notice :

Please pray for the family, friends and colleagues of Orlando Police Department Master Sergeant Debra Clayton and Orange County Sheriff's Office Deputy First Class Norman Lewis their lives were lost tragically in the line of duty while serving their communities.

Sergeant Clayton was gunned down by a fleeing Domestic Violence suspect and Deputy First Class Lewis lost his life in a motorcycle wreck during the search for that suspect.

The suspect is NOT in custody. Let's pray for the safety of all the officers pursuing this suspect. Pray for supernatural wisdom and for conscious to work on the heart of whoever is harboring him to Turn Him In To The Police.

Now please also keep all Law Enforcement Officers in your daily thoughts and prayers.

What makes these LOD death even more  is that they occurred on Florida's Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

On January 7, 2017 the Las Vegas Law Enforcement community experienced similar tragedy. We lost our first officer of the year, NLVPD Detective Chad Parque, to injuries he sustained in a LOD car accident. That day too was our Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

These tragedies are unacceptable on a normal day yet hit us deep in the gut on a day of honor.

Please everyone Stay Safe, Drive Carefully and Cover Each Other's Backs. Let's make this year a record setting year where we see the least amount of officers that lose their lives in the LOD.

Never Forget :

Master Sergeant Debra Clayton and Deputy First Class Norman Lewis and Detective Chad Parque thank you for your service. RIP.

Tamia Dow
IAWP Chaplain

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Years Eve


Is that the brush that paints 2016 ?

I know that many of us have experience the 3-D's this year. God has or is bringing us through (Psalm 23 ).

What we did have and have found comfort in is the prayers we've lifted up, the prayers and support from our friends and the knowledge that God WILL work all things together for our good.

In the midst of it it may be hard to see yet rest assured God will keep His word on our behalf.

2016 is quickly passing and 2017 is rapidly approaching. May your 2017 be filled with
& Joy

The choice is yours because it's all in how you see the incidents that occur in your life.

Challenges or opportunity, it's all in your perspective.

Choose to turn all things to good.

Happy New Year !!!

Tamia Dow
IAWP Chaplain
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