(Also known as the Domestic Abuse Resource Center)
Domestic abuse happens in all kinds of families, rich and poor, urban and rural, in every part of the country, in every racial, religious, and age group. We are confident that survivors know what is best for themselves and their children, and our volunteers and advocates are here for victims to get help and start healing.
If you are looking for help, our services are free and confidential. We will provide you a safe, caring, non-judgmental environment.
This line is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week by advocates or trained volunteers who are sensitive to the unique issues surrounding abuse.
The Domestic Abuse Resource Center team is knowledgeable about area resources and can explain how they can assist you. You can discuss your problem completely anonymously over the phone, or advocates can arrange to meet with you in person. Call this number to request any domestic abuse service: 1-800-383-2988.
Volunteers open their home for a night to welcome individuals or families who no longer feel safe staying in their own home. This is a short-term solution while advocates can assist with optional housing arrangements.
Adult and Bilingual Advocacy | We serve as personal advocates for adult survivors. Individual counseling is provided for adults who are survivors of domestic abuse.
Child Advocacy | Counseling and support groups are offered for children who have been exposed to domestic abuse. The child advocate meets with child(ren) and non-abusing parent/guardians to strengthen and rebuild the relationship that had been tampered by abuse through family conversations.
Children 13 years and under are served by child advocates.
Court Advocacy | We assist survivors with obtaining protective orders and advocate on behalf of clients with law enforcement and county attorneys. Advocates may accompany clients to court dates for support and connect clients with sources for professional legal advice.
Medical Advocacy | If a victim requests via the Crisis Line, we can support a victim by having an advocate accompany them to exams after acts of physical violence. During that time, the advocate makes sure that the client understands procedures clearly and helps the victim explain the best way for examiners to understand and assist them.
Often, victims of domestic violence flee their dangerous circumstances with nothing more than the clothes on their back. We can provide the very basic necessities: personal care items, gas or food cards, and comfort items for terrified children.
This type of free or affordable housing is available for a victim of domestic violence and children in the family until more permanent housing can be found or afforded. This allows the family to find safety and stability and begin rebuilding their life. >Read more about transitional housing.
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The concrete, immediate services – helping me relocate, get medical care, etc.– I am convinced, saved my life. This is not dramatics but reality. I am now growing, healing, and joyfully (with support) rebuilding my life.
I wouldn’t have been able to do this without your help, my kids have been happier in the past two weeks than in the last two years. I know I can do it on my own with all the support that I have from family and friends.
It took me a long time—actually years—to get the courage to leave, wondering how I would support my kids and if I would get outside support emotionally. I felt trapped. I don't know if I could've made it through what I've gone through without your help.
This packet was created to help and inform domestic violence survivors, their friends, and their family.
As a survivor of domestic violence, you have critical needs: a safe place to be, safe people to be with, and clear, accurate information to help you assess your situation and decide what to do for yourself and your children.
This packet will help you and others around you understand the nature and scope of domestic violence. It will also help you outline strategies for gaining safety from abuse.
This booklet helps teens reflect, decipher, and talk about struggles they face when it comes to who they are and who they date. Topics covered are accepting yourself, evaluating current relationships, and preparing for future relationships.
>Download the My Body Is Mine booklet
>Aspire News App While this app appears to be a source for news and celebrity gossip, within the app is great information for victims as well as ways to seek help and plan for safety. The app even has a special emergency button to close the app instantly if needed.
>IPonda Victims of domestic violence, stalking, harassment, and sexual assault can access this site to retrieve timely, reliable information about the service status of their protective order or no-contact order.
>Vine Mobile app by Appriss This app is linked to the Department of Corrections and allows victims and family/community members to receive notices if a perpetrator of a crime has had a changes in custody status.
Be ready to respond Don't be afraid to let your friend know you are concerned about their safety, but don't try to fix their situation for them. Do what you can to empower them and make them feel supported.
Remain calm. You may be the first person they have ever felt safe to talk to about their situation.
Believe them. Individuals do not talk about their abuse for many reasons. When they do come forward, disbelief can stop the conversation.
Tell them it’s not their fault. No one ever plans on abuse happening in their personal relationship.
Tell them there is help available. Give them the Crisis Line number to call. 800-383-2988.
She is an educated woman, from a good family, with a job, and secure future. Never thinking she would end up in an abusive relationship. They have been married for 19 years and have two children together. A law enforcement member of the local DART (Domest...