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

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.
Last year:

  • A record 188 adults and children were safe at our shelter
  • Residents received 5,595 healthy meals and extensive support in taking the next steps toward long-term safety
  • 83% increase in adults and children sheltered since 2010

 

Sponsor a night at shelter for $108

New shelter nearly doubled our ability to serve those whose homes aren’t safe.



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

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:

  • 969 adults provided crisis services
  • 1,062 calls were made to our crisis line at all hours of the day or night
  • 98% of those surveyed felt safer after receiving crisis services

Sponsor crisis services for $97

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.

LONG-TERM SAFETY

“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

 

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:

  • 16 families received our comprehensive self-sufficiency services that included housing, career counseling and support. 
  • 65 received career counseling and support to secure jobs or enroll in school - with 89% making progress
  • 187 received help in finding housing they could afford

SAFE PARENTING TIME

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:

  • 1,562 supervised parenting time sessions were provided to keep children safe 
  • 366 safe exchanges of children were provided
  • 99% of those surveyed said we provided a safe environment

“Kids First (CVIC's safe visit program) is one of those hidden and unseen treasures within the community.”
– CVIC Client

This Year's Goal

600 kids and parents will be kept safe from further harm

Sponsor a safe visit/exchange for $225

GIVING PEOPLE
NEW CHOICES

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.

  • Weekly practice: With each topic, we offer a healthy method for them to practice and apply, such as positive self-talk and time-outs.
  • Accountability: We collaborate with the courts to ensure participants follow through with court orders.
  • Victim safety: An advocate follows up with intimate partners of participants to offer safety planning and services.

Sponsor a group session for $78

* Groups for women who have used violence in their intimate relationships are also available.

Preventing violence. Providing safety. Building hope.

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