Our organization serves victims of domestic violence. Our clients come with compelling stories but the nature of our work necessitates keeping our clients' identities confidential. Often their stories are complex. We want to be able to tell their stories to demonstrate the scope of the problem and the ways our programs and services help. Intended for donor outreach and media.
Many of our clients are at risk for serious injury or loss of life. Their safety is paramount. this makes it challenging to be able to convey their experience and the work we do to help them find safety and success. Donors and the public in general need specific examples of our work and the people we serve. This can only be done through storytelling as we cannot present our clients directly.
Ending domestic violence in our community
Established in 1979, the Shelter for Help in Emergency is the only agency in the City of Charlottesville, and the five surrounding counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson providing comprehensive services to women and children who are victims of domestic violence within their home or relationship.
Women and children needing a safe place to escape the violence in their home may seek temporary, emergency housing through the residential facility. Abused men are offered support services and temporary emergency shelter at a safe alternative location. Victims of abuse not needing residential services are offered counseling and support services by program staff.
Shelter services include:
24-hour crisis hotline
Supportive Individual and group counseling
Court accompaniment & legal advocacy
Outreach and support to the Spanish-speaking community
Violence prevention services to youth and children
Community education & allied professional training