Counseling Advocacy & Support Groups

Counseling Services

Counseling 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.

Supportive counseling provides 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. Counseling helps survivors develop ways to cope with life challenges, realize their self worth and learn how to navigate the path to recovery.

Advocacy

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
  • Transportation
  • Educational information about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence and
    stalking.

Housing Advocacy Program and Services
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.

Specialized staff positions include

Court Advocate
Provides legal advocacy assisting survivors with navigating throughout investigative and judiciary processes, assistance with petitioning for Personal Protection Orders and legal resource information and referrals. Co-facilitator of domestic violence support group and Life Skills support group.

Youth Advocate & Youth/Parent Advocate
Individual counseling for children impacted by domestic and sexual violence, co-facilitators of children’s support group, parenting resource information and referrals, coordinate and/or provide childcare for resident and non-resident clients, legal advocacy and coordinate school enrollment/support.

Support Advocate
Individual domestic and sexual violence counseling to resident and non-resident clients, works closely with shelter advocates to coordinate internal and external service delivery, group co-facilitator and certified grief counselor.

Resource Advocate
Facilitates needs assessment, survivor centered goal setting and attainment, works closely with shelter advocates to coordinate internal and external service delivery, maintain effective collaborative partnerships with relevant service providers, maintain current resource information, provide survivors with written resources and referral
information.

Sexual Assault Advocate
Facilitates assessment of sexual violence within the context of domestic violence and provides domestic violence/sexual violence counseling to shelter residents. Provides legal advocacy throughout investigative and judiciary processes, assists with the co-facilitation of sexual assault support group.

Resident Advocates
Provide direct advocacy and support services to resident clients, assure shelter safety management, perform safety and security checks, facilitate nightly resident meetings, coordinate general shelter maintenance and organizing donations.

Outreach Advocate
Outreach program services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, dating violence and stalking. Services include, but are not limited to; crisis intervention/response; lethality assessment and safety planning, medical referral/advocacy, legal referral/advocacy, assistance obtaining a Personal Protection Order (PPO), financial referral/advocacy, housing referral/advocacy, employment & educational referral/advocacy, adult individual counseling, transportation and educational information about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence and stalking.

Support Groups

Domestic Violence Support Group
Open to shelter residents and survivors not staying in the shelter providing educational information about domestic violence, trauma and how it impacts survivors. Skills taught include improving self worth, coping skills, and processing feelings such as anger, fear, guilt and shame. Participants share experiences, learn from and support one another while exploring safe options to future challenges. Contact Camille or Karen for details about participation. (906) 226-6611.

Children’s Group
Open to children who are residents of Harbor House and to children whose parents are attending the Domestic Violence Support Group. Provides children an opportunity to learn how to cope with the feelings they have about the violence they have witnessed and endured. Skills include building self worth, how to stay safe by creating a safety plan, developing problem solving skills and non-violent alternatives, and understanding it is not their fault. Contact Emilee or Jesse about attending the group. (906) 226-6611

Get Up and Go Group
Open to shelter residents and survivors not staying in the shelter offering participants life skills and teaching self-reliance and empowerment. Some of the Skills taught include financial, nutrition, self-care, parenting, relationships, budgeting and self-esteem. For more information about the group contact Becky (906) 225-1346 or Paloma (906) 226-6611

Safe and Sober Support Group
Open to shelter residents and survivors not staying in the shelter. A group for women in recovery who are also survivors of domestic violence. For more information contact Camille (906) 226-6611

Circle of Hope (for adult women survivors of sexual assault and rape)
The Women’s Center is starting our new educational support group, Circle of Hope, for adult women survivors of rape and sexual assault this summer. Please contact our office (906) 225-1346 if you are interested in attending this free and confidential six-week group.