Getting Support

Domestic violence is a pervasive problem in virtually all countries, cultures, classes and income groups. It is a complex and multifaceted problem with individual solutions that are appropriate for different women in different socio-cultural contexts.

Both short and long-term measures must be considered. Short-term measures consist of assistance programs that protect the individual woman who has been or is being abused they often focus on the critical period after a woman leaves her home, providing her with food, shelter, and guidance. This is the period when a woman is most at risk from the perpetrator seeking retribution, or when she might return to the home out of a sense of hopelessness. Long-term measures seek to educate the public and empower the woman to re-establish her life without violence.

Any response should involve an interrelationship between the health, legal, and social sectors, so that the woman is not continually referred to another agency. One innovate approach is the used of “family crisis centers” or “victim advocates” to act as the woman’s link to the various sectors. Support can come in various forms.

Emotional Support
Self-help support groups
Assertiveness training
Self-esteem and confidence-building session
Parenting skills courses.

Advocacy and Legal Assistance:
Access to and custody of children
Property matters
Financial support
Restraining orders
Public assistance benefits
Help with immigration status

Crisis Intervention
Crisis hotline
Shelters or other emergency residential facilities
Medical services
Transportation networks
Law that allow either victims or perpetrators to be removed from the home.

If you need one or more of these services, please call us at (402) 367-3585 or Contact Us