Survivor programs are free 24-hour services provided by trained and certified staff to survivors of abuse, stalking or sexual violence. A complete list of services is provided below.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH, TRAINING & RESPONSE
A.V.C utilizes evidence based prevention programs for youth such as SAFE Dates, Darkness to Light/Stewards of Children, and Too Good for Violence. Adults are provided with parenting support, utilizing 1-2-3 Magic.
PREVENTION & EDUCATION
Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. In 2015, A.V.C. scored a 3.9 out of a 4.0 on the trauma-informed practice scale administered through Ohio Domestic Violence Network. Additionally, staff are certified trauma practitioners through the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. Staff work to ensure that all survivors have access to services in an environment that is welcoming and inclusive and done so in a non-retraumatizing manner.
A.V.C. adheres to 5 core components of a trauma-informed approach. These include (1) providing survivors with information about the traumatic effects of abuse and/or violence; (2) adapting programs and services to meet survivors’ trauma- and mental health-related needs; (3) creating opportunities for survivors to discuss their responses to trauma; (4) offering resources and referrals to survivors; and (5) reflecting our programs’ practice.
Core Survivor Services
A.V.C. provides annual awareness events educating the community on services, survivor rights, and the impact of abuse and violence. Training is provided to any group, and has included developing workplace policies that aid in safe working environments, to screening for domestic or sexual abuse. A.V.C. facilitates local response teams which follow county procedures and reviews case outcomes.
Survivors and their children are provided with shelter until a solution for safe housing is in place. During time in shelter,r individuals and families will be provided related support services in order to gain independence.
Crisis intervention, support and counseling services are offered 24 hours a day by trained staff and volunteers.
24-Hour Crisis Line 888-816-1146
Sessions are available with licensed counselors to assist in dealing with the immediate aftermath of violence. This program serves both children and adults.
Groups are provided to survivors, helping them to understand issues surrounding abuse or sexual violence, nurturing healthy coping skills, and to provide additional supports by connecting with fellow survivors.
Staff specifically trained on issues of domestic and sexual violence provide information on medical needs, concerns and rights to survivors and their families. Advocates provide accompaniment and support to victims during evidence collection and follow-up care.
Support, assistance, education and advocacy are offered to survivors at any stage of the criminal justice process including post-sentencing.
Batterers Intervention, Anger Management and Parenting classes are provided. Fees apply.
Trained advocates aid survivors in the development of individually tailored safety plans.
Trained nurses provide quality evidence collection after a sexual assault at the agency office or in local hospitals. In addition to crisis intervention, survivors are provided with cloth gowns, new clothing, blankets, warm socks and antibiotics. A trained forensic interviewer is available to collect information about the crime.
Emergency Legal Advocacy
Survivors are assisted in petitioning for Civil Protection Orders and are offered support and education throughout the court proceedings. A Civil Protection Order can be obtained even though no criminal charges were filed against the abuser.
Real Life Heroes
R.L.H. is an evidence based therapeutic support group for youth who have been exposed to violence, and is aimed at addressing PTSD and rebuilding attachments with a healthy caregiver.
Legal assistance may be provided if civil remidies are needed as a direct result of victimization.
Information, education and referral
Advocates provide education on issues surrounding interpersonal and sexual violence. Information and referrals are given to clients to address needs and provide options not available through A.V.C.
Assistance is provided in securing rights, remedies, and services from other county agencies to attin housing, jobs, food, WIC, Medicaird, utilities, emergency financial assitance, clothing and other needs.
1-2-3 Magic Parenting Program
Transportation and Cell Phones
Transportation may be provided to court hearings, other ageneis or shelter when needed. Cell Phones may be provided to aid survivors with safety and in ensuring contact wiht local supports and agencies, via 9-1-1 or Verizon HopeLine cell phones.
An evidence based parenting program is provided to parents who may have had their parenting styles undermined during abuse.
Community Advocacy Project (CAP)
CAP is a 7-10 week advocacy intervention program that is designed to assist survivors with advocacy interventions to keep themselves and their children safe. Advocates will assist survivors in achieving prioritized goals they want to implement in their lives.
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