If you were escaping a dangerous domestic situation, you would want compassion from somewhere that you knew you could go to get help. You’d also want practical help, but at YWCA St. Joseph Victim Services, you not only receive both of these things, you are also offered hope.
Victim Services is one of the core ways that YWCA St. Joseph empowers women. By offering the Shelter for Abused and Homeless Women and Children as well as Bliss Manor Housing Program, women who are in a transition time of their lives are encouraged to look at the future with new eyes.
Victim Services offers assistance in a variety of forms, including:
- Case management
- Personal advocacy
- Specialized children’s programs
- Support groups
- Life skills groups
- Referrals to additional services
- Court advocacy
Each of these services does more than simply solve a problem or meet a need. It also helps women and their children to get the support they need to feel safe and grow in their confidence as they recover from difficult circumstances. The programs are designed to equip participants with the resources they need to envision a new start and then take the first steps to thrive.
Consider the role that Victim Services played in the St. Joseph area in 2017:
- Provided shelter to 229 women and 185 children
- Individual therapy sessions were provided to 1,769 individuals
- Answered 2,102 hotline calls
- Coordinated 104 children’s support groups
- Provided 2,310 hours of case management and advocacy services
This is just a sampling of the important work that YWCA St. Joseph does to meet the individualized needs of each victim of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Following a stay at the Shelter, many women and their children benefit from an extended stay in a safe location. Bliss Manor allows families to gain stability and explore employment possibilities as they pursue self-sufficiency. In 2017:
- Bliss Manor housed 39 adults and 32 children
- 100% of Bliss Manor residents created a personal goal plan
To learn more about Victim Services at YWCA St. Joseph, visit our website. Looking for a way to get involved? No matter what your schedule and skill set, we have a place for you and we look forward to working with you.