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.
Our new shelter, Mary's Place, opened in 2017, thanks to compassionate individuals who supported our efforts because they truly care about adults and children whose homes aren't safe. Read about Ashley’s story.
This Year's Goal
100% of families in danger will be provided safe shelter.
We are open 24/7
to help people stay safe
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:
Lethality Assessment Program helps victims and kids at high risk of lethality
Through the Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Project, law enforcement now assess the danger level at the scene of 911 calls and help victims to quickly access CVIC services. Over the past 3 years, 511 people were linked with CVIC services - including 130 victims who had never before been to CVIC.
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 63 patients, and 48 received advocacy services on site.
“You have been such a blessing. If it weren't for you, I would be homeless.”
– CVIC Client
This Year's Goal
|12 families will receive our comprehensive services
to achieve financial independence, securing jobs, education and housing to keep them safe
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:
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:
“Kids First (CVIC's safe visit program) is one of those hidden and unseen treasures within the community.”
This Year's Goal
|600 kids and parents will be kept safe from further harm|
Teaching respect and positive relationships
New Choices equips men* who have used violence at home with skills that facilitate change in their behavior and challenges their belief systems about violence, using a 27-week curriculum.
* Groups for women who have used violence in their intimate relationships are also available.
Preventing violence. Providing safety. Building hope.