Therapy services are provided to adult and youth survivors of abuse regarding the impact the trauma they have experienced.
Trauma resulting from domestic and sexual violence, dating violence and stalking can be challenging to cope with, leaving survivors with feelings of fear, anger, shame, guilt and worthlessness.
Therapeutic Services provide a safe haven for survivors to talk about their experiences and recognize the role that trauma has played in their response and decision making process. Therapy helps survivors develop ways to cope with life challenges, realize their self worth and learn how to navigate the path to recovery.
Women’s Center advocates are cross trained to facilitate needs assessment and provide supportive advocacy services based on the individual needs of domestic and sexual violence survivors and their children. All advocacy services are provided free of charge at the Women’s Center.
Services include providing survivors with the information they need to make informed decisions. Fundamental organization-wide services include, but are not limited to:
- Crisis intervention/response
- Threat assessment and safety planning
- Assistance obtaining a Personal Protection Order (PPO)
- Referrals and advocacy in these areas: medical, legal, financial, housing, education, and employment
- Child and adult individual and support-group counseling
- Educational information about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence and stalking.
Housing advocacy services focus on supporting survivors to enhance the safety, self-sufficiency, housing stability and sustainability. Specialized housing-advocacy services help survivors navigate the housing-application process, overcoming housing barriers, learn coping skills/stress management, and develop employment, financial and budgeting skills. Housing program advocates work with landlords to maintain partnerships and prevent housing issues.
At Harbor House, the Women’s Center employs an advocacy staff that specializes in providing survivors of domestic and sexual violence, dating violence and stalking with comprehensive supportive advocacy services relevant to their self-identified needs. Safety planning and lethality assessment is incorporated into everyday service provision efforts with survivors and their children.
Advocates answer crisis lines, participate in on-call rotation, provide on-site crisis intervention/response, coordinate domestic violence and sexual assault response call outs, and are cross trained to provide the organization-wide fundamental supportive advocacy services to shelter resident and non-resident survivors of domestic and sexual violence.