Domestic violence has a devastating effect on the entire family. Our residents are not just domestic violence survivors, but many are also survivors of sexual assault and other trauma. Education and support groups are offered daily for shelter residents to facilitate the healing process. These groups give our survivors an opportunity to share with other women about their situation.
Our staff conduct group education sessions to help survivors learn about the cycle of domestic violence, the effects of substance abuse on their safety and health, and how to improve parenting skills. These groups provide information survivors can use to stay safe in the future and to begin healing from domestic violence and other trauma experienced in their lives.
Our staff also offers education to community organizations to increase awareness about our shelter program and co-occurring domestic violence and substance abuse issues. We provide outreach to law enforcement, social service agencies, resource centers, and other entities devoted to ending domestic violence.
"Children that witness violence in the home or parental substance abuse or dependence are at risk for adult alcoholism or drug abuse."