Case management and counseling/education services are offered for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. We work to strengthen and promote equal and healthy family relations within the home. We provide confidential support services, safety planning, advocacy, and self-sufficiency to battered women with abused and neglected children, 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, support group, 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.
As part of our domestic violence intervention project, clients receive education and information on:
* What is domestic violence/sexual assault abuse?
*Types of abuse
*Signs of abuse
*Risk factors for abuse
*Power and Control Wheel
*The Cycle of Violence
*Effects of domestic violence on children
*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. If the answers indicate that violence is present in the family, continued assessment of severity and potential lethality will be implemented.
* 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 the counselor and lessens the risk for children and the non-offending parent/adult victim.