Safety for All

Many of us have never really been in danger. We've never had to flee our home because
someone living there was trying to hurt us. Yet at this very moment we know of
2,000 adults and children who live in fear right here in our community.

SHELTER

Mary's Place provides safe refuge for families and adults fleeing violence, offering a welcoming space where they can wake up each morning without fear.

We offer healthy meals and support without judgment, beginning with addressing basic needs and moving toward planning for the future, from enrolling children in school to securing jobs and housing and planning for their future safety.  

  • 100% of people surveyed who were sheltered at Mary's Place said they were safer.

Read about Ashley’s story.

Sponsor a night at shelter for $125

 



Risk of re-assault drops 60% to 70%
after receiving shelter services


Last year: 

  • 114 adults and children were safe at our shelter
  • Clients stayed 36% more nights over the previous year because of the long wait for permanent housing assistance
  • We served 8,367 meals, a 50% increase over the 5,595 meals served in 2017

This Year's Goal

100% of families in danger will be provided safe shelter.

 

CRISIS SERVICES


 
  We are open 24/7
   to help people stay safe

 “A few years back, I walked into your office in regards to a domestic case against my ex. I never got the chance to tell you how much that day has changed my life. Thank you so much for everything you and CVIC did for me and my children that day. We are beyond blessed and living happily and safe. ”
                                         – CVIC client

Our 24-hour crisis line is answered by advocates trained to intervene and provide safe options. We may meet a victim of sexual assault in the emergency room or assist a law enforcement officer responding to a 911 call. Or we may simply listen and provide options to increase safety. We also help individuals to apply to the court for protection orders and provide legal representation in civil cases to help people stay safe. Last year:

  • 955 provided crisis services
  • 96% of those surveyed felt safer after receiving crisis services
  • 97% of those surveyed felt services were beneficial to their lives

Sponsor crisis services for $106

Lethality Assessment Program helps victims and kids at high risk of lethality

Through the Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Project, local law enforcement assess the danger level at the scene and help victims to access safety services at CVIC.

Over the past 3 years, 58% of victims calling 911 were screened by law enforcement as high risk for being murdered. Thanks to the collaboration between police, sheriff and CVIC, 138 people received safety services at CVIC for the first time.


Sexual Assault Response Team improves crisis response for victims

CVIC, law enforcement and emergency room nurses have teamed up through the CCR Project to respond to sexual assault victims by compassionately addressing their trauma, improving forensic evidence collection, and coordinating follow through. Last year, Altru's sexual assault nurse examiner served 39 patients, and 34 received advocacy services on site.

LONG-TERM SAFETY

“I've been wanting to go back to school for the longest time, but I didn't think I was good enough. But now I know that I can do this.”
– CVIC Client

This Year's Goal

7 families will receive our comprehensive services to achieve financial independence, securing jobs, education, and housing to keep them safe

Financial security is the #1 predictor of long-term freedom from abuse

We empower clients leaving shelter or abusive relationships so they can support themselves and their kids. The alternative? Being forced to go back to the violence at home because they can’t afford to pay rent or put food on the table. We help people with basic expenses in order to survive or with finding housing or employment. For a limited number, we provide comprehensive self-sufficiency services involving transitional housing, career counseling, budgeting guidance and related support for up to two years. Read about Katherine’s story. Last year:

  • 12 families received our comprehensive self-sufficiency services that included housing, career counseling and support. 
  • 60 received career counseling and support to secure jobs or enroll in school 
  • 165 received help in finding housing they could afford

SAFE PARENTING TIME & EXCHANGES

Ending a violent relationship doesn’t mean the violence will end, especially if kids are involved and are being exchanged between parents. Some kids have suffered abuse themselves, from broken bones to cigarette burns on their bodies. We offer safe parenting time visits supervised by trained staff and safe exchanges of kids for visits off-site. Read about Grace’s story. Last year:

  • 1,654 supervised parenting time sessions were provided to keep children safe 
  • 575 safe exchanges of children were provided
  • 99% of those surveyed said we provided a safe environment

 

Sponsor a safe visit/exchange for $239

 

“I understand with the way things are in life, times get pretty hard. Kids First is the one good thing that still comes out of hard times.”
                                                                 – CVIC client

This Year's Goal

600 kids and parents will be kept safe from further harm

 

GIVING PEOPLE
NEW CHOICES

Relationships based on respect, trust and nonviolence

New Choices equips adults who have used violence at home with skills that facilitate change in their behavior and challenges their belief systems about violence.

  • Weekly practice: With each topic, we discuss the effects of the participants' violence and provide alternatives to those actions. 
  • Accountability: We collaborate with the courts to ensure participants follow through with court orders.
  • Victim safety: We follow up with intimate partners of participants to offer safety planning and services

Sponsor a group session for $62

 

ADVOCACY FOR ALL

Healing can happen by being empowered and given a voice in court

 Sometimes healing comes through having a voice after suffering the devastation of crime, whether it be violence against one’s person, a home burglary, or a stolen identity that threatens to ruin one’s credit rating. When a victim’s offender is prosecuted, we not only provide a listening ear, but we shine a light on the entire court process so the victim is informed and empowered.

“I can't thank CVIC enough for helping me through ts horrible time and helping me to get through trial.  I'm so thankful to have been prepared for trial and to constantly be updated on things.”
– CVIC Client

      Last Year:

  • 1,110 victims of crime were provided case information, emotional support and advocacy to ensure their rights were upheld according to state law
  • 97% of clients surveyed said they were kept well informed of the status of their case

Preventing violence. Promoting safety. Building hope.

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