Advocacy Services for Victims of Domestic Violence in Jefferson County
24 Hour Crisis Line & Advocacy: Providing emotional support, information, safety planning.
Emergency Shelter: Providing an alternative to living in a violent environment, in a safe emergency shelter.
Support Groups: We currently offer a peer led domestic violence support group. It is a safe place for survivors to feel supported and share healthy coping skills, in a confidential location. They are held Tuesday evenings from 6-7pm. Please call (740)283-3444 for location and information.
Court/Legal Advocacy: An advocate can be present and provide support and referrals throughout the legal process.
Housing & Financial Advocacy: An advocate can inform you of your long term housing and financial options.
Emergency 911 Cell Phones: Phones to access emergency services.
Community Information & Referrals: ALIVE can provide referrals for various needs you may have.
- Feel scared of unsafe around your partner?
- Make excuses for your partner's behavior?
- Avoid doing things that would cause a conflict?
- Always do what your partner wants you to do?
Does your partner?
- Regularly insult, demean or threaten you?
- Embarrass or humiliate you in public?
- Monitor and control your relationships with others?
- Isolate you from friends or family?
- Limit your access to transportation or money?
- Treat you roughly - grab, pinch, shove, bite, choke, or hit you?
- Threaten to hurt your friends, family, pets, or themselves?
- Destroy or steal your belongings?
- Deny you food, clothing. sleep, or medication?
- Threaten to "out" you, or criticize your sexuality?
- Deny, minimize, make excuses, and blame others for their behavior?
- Blame you for their behavior?
- Promise they'll never do it again?
Any survivor of Domestic Violence is invited to join our peer led support group. It is a safe place for survivors to feel supported by others who have experienced sexual violence. Join us: Tuesday - 6PM - 7PM. Please call us for location, more information and if you might need child care.
General Safety Plan:
- Identify a variety of ways to get out of the home safely and practice using your escape route.
- Pack a bag with medications, important documents, money, keys, etc. and hide it. Consider changing the hiding spot if your abuser searches the home.
- Arrange a signal with neighbors to let them know when you need help (turning on a porch light during the day, pulling down a particular window shade).
- Devise a code word to use with your children, grandchildren, friends or others to indicate that you need the police.
- Decide and plan where you will go if you have to leave (even if you don’t think you will need to).
- If you have a protection order, carry it with you at all times.
Click here for safety plans for the following situations: safety plans for the following situations: explosive incidents, when leaving, protection orders, public (school, work or social, recreational, and volunteer activities), and your emotional health.
If someone you know is a victim...
- Do not confront them around their abuser. Let them know privately that you are concerned.
- Believe them. Take time to listen.
- Don't pressure them to leave.
- Help them come up with a safety plan.
- Respect the victim's decisions - they are the expert on their own situation.