The Initiative’s advocates are available during the week to assist and support you. We do not have a shelter, but we can connect you with shelters and safe houses in your area.
If you’ve never called our helpline before, one of our advocates will go through our intake form with you, which takes 15-30 minutes. After the intake is completed, an advocate will follow up with you within 24-48 hours. If you do not need services but are looking for information, you can call our helpline without going through an intake for resources and referrals to other organizations.
After we’ve completed an intake with you, we’ll be able to start providing you services. Our services are tailored to your needs and can cover a wide range of issues, including financial assistance, court accompaniment, relocation to safety, safety planning, self-care counseling, and more. Depending on your situation, we can meet with you in person or provide advocacy solely over the phone or email. For persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, we can provide ASL interpreters or accommodate in other ways to your communication needs.
EDUCATION FOR SURVIVORS
There is power in knowledge. Victims and survivors have the right to make informed decisions about their safety and well being. Having an understanding of what drives abuse can be extremely empowering for many victims and survivors. Our advocates are available to provide domestic violence/abuse education and awareness counseling, including information on the cycle of abuse, warning signs, and healing after abuse. These conversations are individualized to your needs and focused on creating a safe, comfortable space.