Open 24/7 356 days for intake.
Services are provided in Shelter for victims of domestic violence and dependent children who must seek safety from their abusers while they develop plans to lead violence free lives. While at the shelter the residences may participate in various training and self-help programs. All clients develop their own Individual Program Plan based on their needs and goals. The child advocate provides a program specifically for children.
24-Hour Crisis Hotline
Staff and trained volunteers offer immediate crisis support, assistance and referrals to victims of abuse using our dedicated crisis line. (TTY for the hearing impaired & Spanish and other language translation services are available). Victims may call the 24-hour crisis line, 706-376-7111 or toll free 1-800-334-2836. All conversations and services are confidential
Non-residential/ Outreach & Crisis Intervention
Advocates provide safety planning, services, and support to victims of domestic violence who do not need shelter services and assist them in developing their own Individual Service Plan.
Advocates are available in Elbert and Franklin Counties one day per week.
Weekly groups for sheltered and non-sheltered clients provide a safe place for victims to learn, grow, develop skills and offer support and encouragement to help each other live violence free lives.
Legal advocates provide information about the legal system, assists victims in obtaining Temporary Protective Orders (TPO), accompanies the victim to court hearings, and assists the victim in navigating the judicial system. Advocates also help eligible victims apply for Victim’s Compensation, pursue criminal warrants through the magistrate court, and secure legal counsel or representation for various legal matters. Legal Advocates are in Elbert and Franklin Counties one day per week.
Teens 4 Teens
The Teens 4 Teens program goal is to promote healthy and respectful relationships, healthy choices and safety. Groups for dating violence is based on Center for Disease Control’s Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships. Groups for dating violence will also address: What is dating violence? What are the consequences of dating violence? Why Does Dating Violence Happen? What to do if you or someone you know is in a dating violence relationship? Groups for teens/ adolescents who witness domestic violence will focus on healing topics and activities, healing effects of domestic violence on the family, building self-esteem and healthy relationships.
Weekly support groups are offered for children and teenagers for both residential and non-residential clients. Groups are designed to educate children about healthy expression of feelings, self-esteem issues, bullying, dating violence and domestic violence prevention. In addition mentoring, advocacy, and activities are provided. A summer camp is also provided each year.
Our agency offers training and education to schools, churches, civic organizations, and other agencies requesting information about domestic violence and our services.
Second Hand Store
Accepts donations of goods, furniture and household items that are in good condition for resale. All proceeds help fund the victims services.
Volunteers are utilized to staff the store, hot–line, office and shelter as well as contribute time for our many fundraisers. For more information call our offices.