|Breaking the Cycle of Family Violence
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Crisis Line - A call to the 24-hour crisis line, (256)767-6210 or 1-800-550-9215, can bring immediate help to family violence victims. The crisis line is answered by caring people trained to help the victim organize thoughts, direct him/her through necessary channels of assistance, arrange transportation to the residential facility, provide information and referrals, or to sort out confused feelings. A call to the crisis line does not mean the caller is obligated to anything.
Residential Care - Thousands of victims have received immediate, safe refuge from violent attacks. In the residential facility, these families receive temporary housing, food and counseling. While in residence, Safeplace helps victims regain self-esteem, improve parent/child relationships, and understand the cycle of violence in a peaceful, non-judgmental atmosphere. The location of the residential facility is not disclosed to the general public and is one of the most secure facilities in the Northwest Alabama area.
Crime Victim's Assistance - Victims in the residential facility, as well as those who elect not to use the emergency temporary residence, are assisted with medical care, legal services and economic assistance. Judicial advocacy and court accompaniment are made available. Referrals may be made to other agencies. Additionally, opportunities for education, job training and placement and safe housing can be explained. Referrals, court advocacy and counseling are also available for persons who decide not to come into the facility.
Women's and Children's Support Group - Support groups for victims of domestic violence are held weekly. At this support group victims share and learn to recognize the dynamics of power and control and the cycle of violence in battering relationships. They are given the tools to gain control of their life and make the decisions they need to make to live violence free. Sessions for children of those attending the women's group are held at the same time. The sessions emphasize rebuilding of confidence, self-acceptance and responsibility.
Batterer's Group - Safeplace offers a weekly counseling program to court-ordered batterers to provide rehabilitation and education. The groups are held in Lauderdale and Winston Counties. The batterers are led to confront the beliefs and attitudes that led to their violent behavior in an effort to prevent further abusive behavior.
Satellite Housing - Safeplace provides housing and support services to former residential facility residents in the form of two single family homes. Survivors of family violence may live in these homes up to two years while they attend a school or job training and re-establish their family in a non-violent atmosphere.
In-School Programs - Progams for kindergarten through twelfth grade provide films, speakers and activities to increase the students' understanding of family violence. Students learn what it is, how to avoid confrontation and protect themselves, as well as what to do if they are abused.
Professional Training - Training in the dynamics of domestic violence is available to health care providers, lawyers, law enforcement personnel, teachers and counselors, therapists, business managers, human resource personnel, ministers, social workers, and any other interested group of professionals.
Community Education - Safeplace provides speakers at no charge to schools, churches, civic clubs, hospitals, and any other social group to talk about child abuse, family violence, and what can be done to stop domestic violence.
Coordinated Community Response Teams - Domestic Violence response teams have formed in Lauderdale, Marion, Winston, Colbert, and Franklin counties. These councils coordinate to surround local victims with the support they need to become free of family violence. Each response council meets monthly in their respective county. Survivors of domestic violence, as well as service providers and community leaders are encouraged to be a part of the group. The goal of zero tolerance of domestic violence is strived for by each community team.
S.A.I.L. Program - A Special Assessment Intervention Liaison is housed in the local Department of Human Resource agencies to provide domestic violence services to D.H.R. and community clients. Participating clients are provided with safety planning, referrals, crisis counseling, advocacy, case management, and assistance in becoming self-sufficient.
TAC: Transitional Housing Advisory Committee was formed July 2003. It is made up of former residents (survivors). Our main objective is to make the program as assessable as possible for the families. Meetings are held monthly to discuss ideas for improvement, look at suggestions, or answer questions that have been brought to our attention. All comments and suggestions are welcome.
*There is no charge for these services!
| How Can You Help Someone Who is Being Abused?|
Tell them it's not their fault. You can never make someone else hurt you.
Tell them they don't deserve to be hurt. Explain that physical violence in a relationship is never acceptable.
Tell them they are not crazy. A person who has been abused often feels upset, depressed, confused, and scared.
Don't try to pretend like the abuse isn't happening or that it isn't that bad. Let your friend know you take it very seriously, pretending it's no big deal doesn't make it go away.
Tell them good things about themselves. Let them know you think they are smart and brave. Their abuser is telling them they are stupid and tearing down their self-esteem.
Encourage them to build a wide support system, go to support group, and talk to friends and family.
Don't blame them for the abuse or their decisions. Leaving an abusive relationship is hard and usually takes a long time.
Give them good information about abuse. You can call Safeplace to get information and support.