The Haven provides advocacy and shelter for victims of partner abuse, sexual assault and stalking and provides support services to victims and their families. Our goal is to help clients become more self-sufficient and find resources to create violence-free homes for themselves and their children.
The Haven provides services to the rural area of the Northern Neck of Virginia which spans over 1003 square miles. There are no cities in our service area, only small towns. The prevalence of domestic violence is no greater in a rural area than in the city, but our clients have greater challenges accessing services. We have limited public transportation, limited low-income housing and very few employment opportunities.
The Services available to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking include the folllowing: 24-hour staffed crisis hotline services; 24-hour site supervision and access with a shelter capacity of up to 32 individuals; individual support; crisis intervention; court advocacy; information and referral; support group; children’s services; Hispanic outreach and advocacy; education and prevention programs; community education on domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and related issues; volunteer training; advocacy for victims through community agencies; and support for allied professionals.
We have successfully provided much-needed services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault over the last 20 years. There are no other facilities in our area that provide such services, and our impact on our community is great. Without these services, individuals would have to travel an hour or more for assistance. During 2010 our organization expanded to include an Hispanic Outreach Coordinator and a Community Coordinated Response program. Demands for these services have increased significantly in recent years, and The Haven has historically responded with the appropriate services.
In 2010, The Haven hired a Community Response Advocate to assist local Commonwealth Attorneys in creating sexual assault response protocols and to coordinate and make the best use of the efforts of the various allied professionals within the community who serve victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
Current services available to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking through The Haven program include 24 hour site supervision and access with a maximum shelter capacity of 32; individual support; crisis intervention; court advocacy; information and referral; and support group.
Services available to the community include community education on domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and related issues, volunteer training, advocacy for victims through court or community agencies and support for allied professionals.
The Haven is fully certified through the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance.
The Haven provides shelter and services to the rural area of the Northern Neck of Virginia which spans over 1003 square miles and includes the following counties: Essex, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland. There are no cities in our service area, only several small towns. The prevalence of domestic violence is no greater in a rural area than in the city, but our clients do have greater challenges in accessing services. This rural area has limited public transportation, limited low-income housing, limited employment opportunities, no transitional housing, greater isolation, and a lessened sense of confidentiality due to the small town environment and familiarity. There are no other programs in our area that provide shelter for homeless, and we are often called upon to assist homeless women and children as well.
Hispanic Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault survivors and those providing assistance to them will:
Hispanic children who have been exposed to or experienced domestic or sexual abuse and the non-offending parent will:
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As sexual and domestic violence programs like The Haven across the state of Virginia have struggled to meet the demand for services and experienced significant funding decreases over the past five to ten years, The Executive Director of The Haven worked extensively on the Action Alliance Public Policy Committee to study current funding issues and prepare a report that has resulted in potential significant funding increases through the Virginia General Assembly. The study determined that programs like and including The Haven would need $18 million to effectively fund crisis and safety services for victims of sexual and domestic violence across the Commonwealth. As an agency, The Haven’s Board of Directors has developed a 5-year strategic plan focusing primarily on the development of strategies to increase income.
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