Emergency Shelter for Victims of Family Violence
This program offers safe, confidential shelter for victims of family violence. Initial placement is based on the needs of each individual client. Clients can stay up to 90 days in emergency shelter. The program however, reserves the option of extending this time based on the client’s needs. Food and basic care needs are supplied. The facility is equipped with an alarm system and the location is kept confidential. The facility is certified by the state and meets all local and state fire and safety standards. The facility is staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Transitional Housing Program
The Transitional Housing Program is designed to give survivors of domestic violence an opportunity to practice independent living skills in a safe, supportive environment. There are three on-site apartments for this program. The program is designed to encourage healing, personal growth, educational/professional growth and to promote financial stability for the survivor.
Services for Adult Victims of Family Violence
This program provides services for survivors of family violence living in the shelter, as well as those living in the community. Outreach staff is available in both Whitfield and Murray Counties allowing victims to access services when they are not residents of the shelter. Agency staff provides comprehensive case management designed to foster safety and promote self-sufficiency. A 24-hour hotline is available to facilitate crisis intervention, access placement in the shelter, and provide information about shelter and outreach services. Other services include support group, parenting programs, individual counseling, legal advocacy including assistance with filing TPO’s, accompaniment to court, and filing of victim compensation, follow-up services after the client leaves the shelter, outreach services, limited transportation assistance, education groups, and information and referral. The agency also provides limited financial assistance with the establishment of new housing. Program staff works closely and collaborates with other agencies to ensure that victims benefit from all available area services.
Services for Children (Family Violence)
Family violence intervention and prevention services for children are provided by this program serving both children in the shelter and those not sheltered. Services included are support groups, children’s program activities and counseling. School curricula are provided for all ages of children. Outreach and follow up services are offered after the child leaves the shelter. In addition, the program holds an annual 2 week day camp for children who have been homeless within the last year.
Community Education and In-Service Training
Our agency provides services to the community at large on the issues of family violence. The Program provides family violence in-service training for other service agencies on family violence. In addition, community presentations are made to local church, civic and professional organizations. Training curricula are designed to meet the needs of other agencies and groups.
Gordon County Domestic Violence Outreach Office
The Gordon County Domestic Violence Outreach Office serves Gordon County residents by providing comprehensive on-site services equivalent to those offered in the Whitfield and Murray County area. Outreach staff also strives to educate the Gordon County community on issues surrounding family violence by providing in-service training, educational presentations, and awareness programs. The Gordon County Domestic Violence Outreach Office has provided services in the same location for the past seven years.
The R E S O L V Project
The RESOLV Project is a family violence intervention program and is certified by the GA Commission on Family Violence. The acronym stands for Recognizing, Exposing, and Stopping Our Learned Violence. The majority of the participants are mandated by the courts or referred by the Department of Family and Children Services. Self referrals are also accepted. Participants attend 26 weekly educational sessions and are charged a fee for each session.