Our Women’s Shelter serves female domestic violence victims and their children in a 90-day emergency shelter program and a transitional living program that allows families to stay up to 180 days to ensure they are stabilized and have set goals to assist them in moving forward toward self-sufficiency so they can remain free from the abuse-filled lives they fled.
At our Women’s Shelter, women and their children are provided a variety of services that are client-centered and foster support and empowerment. ADV provides services that are culturally sensitive and allow the victim to begin making decisions for her and her children on her own.
Following an initial 48-hour introduction to the program, a client’s stay may be extended for up to 30 days, with additional extensions of up to 120 days in the new Women’s shelter.
The most significant factor in ADV’s work with battered women is to assist them in identifying and dealing with their feelings and attitudes regarding domestic violence and to explore with them available options for changing their situations. This “empowerment” approach is designed to promote a woman’s ability to make her own choices and develop independent living skills in a violence-free environment.
Shelter Program services include:
• Up to 90 days of emergency shelter
• Emotional support
• Individual and group counseling (weekly and daily as needed)
• Food, clothing and personal supplies
• Parenting groups to encourage positive parenting, improved nutrition, and fun family activities
which promote alternatives to violence.
• Specialized mental health therapy by a licensed therapist
• Ongoing advocacy and referrals necessary to secure legal, medical, social service, financial,
housing and other assistance.
In addition, ADV works to teach clients to become self-sufficient through advocacy and networking with numerous community agencies and services providers. While clients are in shelter, they may access employment/job training, housing programs, literacy training, health services, mental health, substance abuse, personal care, income support/subsistence/household establishment, legal information/support, and law enforcement referrals.
A Training Center – complete with computer stations – is available for women to learn or improve their computer skills, write a resume or gain job knowledge.