We often get callers who aren’t sure what services are available to them. They feel alone and that they lack options. We can connect them to resources in their local area to help them in their time of need.
The Hotline is a national service available to anyone. Our advocates can talk through specific situations, provide feedback and connect callers to vital resources. Our goal is to help survivors and their family members and friends understand the dynamics of power and control in abusive and unhealthy relationships. We also help create safety plans, or outlines of what to do in certain situations, that are both practical and effective for someone experiencing abuse.
We maintain a database of over 4,000 domestic violence programs. These programs vary from state-to-state and even from community-to-community on what services they offer and how they offer them. We use this database to give callers information about what resources are available to them in their communities. We can even connect callers to those services immediately.
There are some very common trends among these programs. Most programs offer:
- Some type of emergency shelter for survivors who are in immediate danger — this is typically short-term housing in a communal setting at a secure location
- Counseling and/or support groups
- Legal advocacy — especially advice in how to file a protective order or handling court appearances
- Community advocacy — they can help connect survivors with other programs in the community that can help rebuild their lives like childcare, employment resources and permanent housing
- Transitional housing — this is longer term housing, such as apartments that are available for one or two years
Some, but not all, community programs also offer:
- Battering intervention programs for abusers
- Assistance for immigrants to self-petition their immigration status under VAWA
- Customized or culturally specific services for communities of color, deaf, LGBTQ survivors and teens
If you’re unsure of the services which are available in your community, give us a call. We can help you locate and learn about the resources that are at your disposal.