A Non-Profit Organization Serving Victims of Abuse for Over 30 Years in North Central Montana
A Note From the Editor.....
See you in April!
By Dawn Olivo
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State of Montana Information & Forms
Do you need court forms?  Are you not sure where to start or get help filling them out?  The link below will take you to many different court forms, including Parenting Plans, Child Custody, Divorce, and Orders of Protection.  There are also detailed instructions to help you fill out the paperwork. 
January-March 2018
EXCITEMENT, EXCITEMENT, EXCITEMENT!!! Our 5th Annual End Violence Color Run is SUNDAY April 8th.  On-site registration begins at 1 p.m. in front of our offices by Norley Hall.  Race starts at 2 p.m.  You can also preregister online HERE.  Use PROMO Code color5 for 10% off and share on your social media for an additional discount!  You can also print out a registration HERE and send it in to our office, or stop by our office to register.  Whatever works best for you!  We really hope to see you there.  It promises to be a great fun filled, very colorful day!
It’s been busy, busy busy!!  With the holidays in December, and the excitement of hiring new staff in January, HLHAS has been bustling with activity.  Check out all the goings-on!
HLHAS welcomes our two new advocates, Cindy and Samantha.  We are so excited to have them with us. They already fit in very well with our office and our silliness.  They are going to make great advocates! You can read more about them on our staff page.
Samantha Cindy
In December, we set up our annual Christmas Store for clients to come shop in.  We had a store busting full of wonderful donated items from the generous members of our communities.  We also partnered with IGA and gave our active families a turkey dinner to help make their holidays a little more special.  Thank you, Conrad IGA! 
It’s Not a Joke, It’s Not Romantic & It’s Not OK  By Autumn Miller, Hi-Line’s Help for Abused Spouses January is Stalking Awareness Month and whether we’d like to believe it or not, stalking happens everywhere. It is not a single, easily identifiable crime but a series of acts and course of conduct directed at a specific person that would intentionally cause that person to feel afraid, unsafe, and vulnerable. A stalker can be someone the victim knows well or not at all. Most stalkers have dated or been somehow involved with the people they pursue, and a stalker can be anyone, regardless of sex, race, gender, etc. They don’t usually fit any standard psychological profile, and many follow their victims from one jurisdiction to another, making it difficult for the justice system to thoroughly investigate and prosecute their crimes. In one out of five cases, stalkers use weapons to harm or threaten harm to victims, and stalking is one of the significant risk factors for homicide of women in domestic violence relationships. The following are some of the red flags to be aware of and watch out for: Repeated unwanted calls and texts Follows you and always seems to show up wherever you are Sending unwanted gifts, letters, cards, or e-mails Burglary and/or damage to your home, car, or other property Monitoring your phone calls, computer use, or social network account Hacking into your social media accounts or email Use of technology, like hidden cameras or GPS, to track you and your phone Drives by or hangs out close to your home, work or school Use of intimidation and threats towards you, your family, friends or pets Use of public records or online services, hiring a private investigator, rummaging through your garbage, or contacting your friends, classmates, family, neighbors, or co-workers   Listen, show support, and never blame the victim for the crime. Remember every situation is different and the person being stalked needs to be allowed to make their own choices about how to handle it. If you or someone you know may be a victim, find someone to talk to about the situation and take steps to ensure safety. Communities that are aware and understand stalking can support victims and help combat the crime. Hi-Line’s Help for Abused Spouses in Conrad, MT can offer help, support, and resources to victims, in addition to training workshops to promote public education and awareness.  For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 406-278-3342, or our 24/7 crisis line at 1800-219-7336. For additional resources about National Stalking Awareness Month, please visit our website at hlhas.com, on our Facebook page, http://stalkingawarenessmonth.org, http://victimsofcrime.org,  and www.ovw.usdoj.gov .
THEN...... We had to clean up the Christmas Store and put all the extra things away for next year.  It was an exhausting process.  In fact, we caught on camera a helper who dropped from “Christmas Tear-Down Syndrome”.  So sad....... But she recovered. 
As Christmas gifts for our clients (and whoever else walked through the door!) we potted a lot of baby spider plants, donated by Autumn Miller and her very prolific spider plant.  We found all kinds of cute things to pot them in.