Case management is offered to all clients at Onslow Women's Center free of charge to them. We provide confidential support services, safety planning, advocacy, and self-sufficiency to survivors and their families. The program successfully promotes safety for mothers and children. Each client also receives advocacy/referral services to help with obtaining the appropriate community resources (financial assistance, emotional stability, and educational benefits).
When a client is referred from any community agency to the Onslow Women Center, all parties receives case management, counseling/education, referral and follow-up. Community agency referrals also have access to other resources and programs available throughout the center. Each client referred by another community agency, must complete three domestic violence educational sessions and follow-up to stay in compliance with the program. Counseling/advocacy services are free and ongoing even if the case is closed. Letters of conclusion will be given to verify or finalize services. Clients must complete a safety plan as part of the program, which increases safety and give strategies in preparing them in advance for the possibility of further violence.
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Assessment Tools for Domestic Violence
*Non-offending Parent/Adult Victim Domestic Violence Assessment
The purpose of this tool is to help assess safety, risk, strengths and needs.
His or her answers will provide useful information about the power and control within the relationship and the potential danger involved. If the answers indicate that violence is present in the family, continued assessment of severity and potential lethality will be implemented, as well as a safety plan for that client.
The main goal with this assessment is to determine just how dangerous the relationship is and then make the proper plans to either remove the client from the danger or plan ways to ensure their safety.
*Domestic Violence Perpetrator Evaluation
The purpose of this tool is to help assess safety, risk, strengths and needs. It may be used to assist in decision making and service planning. Assessing the dangerousness of the alleged perpetrator is important; doing so protects everyone involved and lessens the risk for children and the non-offending parent/adult victim.
Domestic Violence is defined as a deliberate pattern of behavior used by a person in an intimate relationship to intimidate his or her partner and thereby gain or maintain power and control. This behavior may occur during the relationship or even after the relationship has ended.
Types of Domestic Violence:
- Physical Abuse: harming or threatening to do bodily, physical harm to a partner.
- hitting, spitting, damaging personal property, injuring animals, throwing things, using a weapon, pulling hair
- Emotional Abuse: saying or doing something to the other person that causes the person to be afraid and/or have lower self-esteem. Trying to manipulate or control the person's thoughts or feelings.
- name calling, threatening, isolating their partner from friends/family, monitors where their partner goes and with who, excessive and unwanted texts/calls/emails/DMs
- Sexual Abuse: any form of sexual activity without consent or against someone's will.
- rape, controls what their partner wears, accuses partner of cheating
- Verbal Abuse: words used to intentionally hurt, frighten, or threaten another person. This is often the first stage of abuse.
- threats, yelling, swearing, blames partner for abuse, tells lies about partner
- Gaslighting: manipulating someone by psychological means to make them question/doubt their own sanity.
- Financial Abuse: controlling all financial decisions in the relationship without the consent of the partner.
- not allowing their partner to work, controlling all financial decisions, harassing partner at work, destroying partner's credit
The Power and Control Wheel is a visual demonstration of what happens in abusive relationships.