We provide free therapy sessions and mental health services for victims and their children of Texas suffering from domestic abuse. Victims must have filed a report with their local police, sheriff, or constable within the last two years.
Domestic violence has been on the rise in recent months in and around Harris County. From 2016 through 2018 the number of intimate partner violence victimizations in the United States increased 42%. According to the Texas Council of Family Violence (TCFV) found Harris County mirrored this statistic in the first year of the pandemic alone. The Houston Police Department report a 130% increase in strangulation calls.
We provide crucial support and assistance to those experiencing domestic violence. Here are some steps we take to offer help:
1. Establish Confidentiality and Trust:We prioritize confidentiality and create a safe space for individuals to share their experiences. Building trust is vital for survivors of domestic violence to feel comfortable seeking help.
2. Educate Survivors: We help survivors gain knowledge about domestic violence, its dynamics, and the resources available in your community. Understand the various forms of abuse, signs of abuse, and the impact it can have on survivors.
3. Offer Emotional Support: Provide active listening and empathy to survivors. We believe them and validate their experiences. Avoid blaming or judging them. We encourage them to express their feelings and provide a non-judgmental space for them to do so.
4. Safety Planning: We help survivors develop safety plans tailored to their specific situations. Safety plans may include identifying safe spaces, creating code words or signals, and making practical arrangements for escape if necessary.
5. Connect to Resources: We offer information about local domestic violence helplines, shelters, counseling services, legal aid, and support groups. Assist survivors in accessing these resources, and provide guidance on how to navigate the process.
6. Collaborate with Professionals: We work in collaboration with domestic violence organizations, social workers, counselors, or law enforcement agencies to ensure survivors receive comprehensive support. We consult with professionals who specialize in domestic violence to enhance your understanding and effectiveness in helping survivors.
7. Promote Self-Care: We encourage survivors to prioritize self-care and seek professional support for their emotional and physical well-being. Help them explore coping mechanisms, relaxation techniques, and access mental health services if needed.
Remember, your safety is paramount. Domestic violence situations can be complex and dangerous, so seeking professional help is crucial. Reach out to local organizations that specifically address domestic violence to get the necessary support and guidance to escape the abusive situation and start your journey to healing and safety.