Domestic violence is a pattern of intentional physical and psychological abuse, threats, intimidation, isolation, or economic coercion used by one person to exert POWER AND CONTROL over another person in the context of dating, family or a household relationship (The Network, 2022). We offer the following services and programs for survivors of domestic violence:
Advocacy forms the backbone of the work that we do to support survivors and end the violence in their lives. Survivors work with our advocates to create safety plans and advocate for their needs. This can include orders of protection, child support, adjustment of immigration status, emergency shelter and a range of legal, medical and social services. Advocates act as guides and companions as they help survivors navigate complicated legal processes and social service systems. Click on the terms that are underlined to learn more.
Survivors can participate in therapy and support groups that reinforce their mental health and social-emotional development. Participants are given a confidential, safe and nonjudgmental space to talk about their challenges and explore their options. They are supported in understanding the dynamics of abuse and its impact on their lives, nurturing self-esteem, setting healthy boundaries, developing safe coping skills, assessing risks, and implementing their safety plans.
Our advocates do not discriminate, and they understand that domestic violence affects individuals across all races, ethnicities, nationalities and social strata. They are particularly knowledgeable about how to support domestic violence survivors who are not citizens.
Click here to learn more about the challenges that these survivors face.