Hanover Safe Place (HSP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing confidential services to persons experience domestic or sexual violence in Hanover County, VA and the Town of Ashland since the early 1990s. Included in these services are a free and confidential 24-hour crisis hot line, emergency shelter, support groups and case management.
This program provides court accompaniment for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in obtaining protective orders and in criminal and civil matters. Often times the court process can be confusing and scary, especially when dealing with former spouses. The court advocate can assist with filing paper work, explaining the court process or just being there for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Domestic Violence Program
Hanover Safe Place offers a vast array of services for both adult and child victims of domestic violence. Some of these services include a 24 hour hotline, emergency shelter, counseling, case management, financial assistance, and a food pantry. In addition, Hanover Safe Place also offers a women and children’s support group that meets weekly, where victims of domestic violence are able to come together in support of each other, and process the effects of domestic violence in their lives.
Child Services Program
Hanover Safe Place’s children’s program serves children of all ages. The program allows children who have experienced, witnessed or lived in an environment effected by domestic and sexual violence a safe place to express their feelings and seek the help they need, to live a normal life. A support group is also offered to children of all ages, in hopes that children can come together and learn about healthy relationships.
Sexual Assault Program
Hanover Safe Place provides services to victims/survivors of sexual violence who are over the age of 13 at any point in their lives. This includes victims and family members of family sexual violence, dating violence, assault by a stranger, long time survivors, and adult survivors of child sexual assault. One service provided is hospital accompaniment where an advocate will respond to the hospital and provide crisis intervention, support, counseling and information to assist the patient in making informed decisions. Other services include hotline services, individual counseling, court accompaniment, and group support when available. Prevention programs and educational outreach are regularly offered.
RHART (Regional Hospital Accompaniment Response Team)
This program was started in 2009, and is a collaborative between HSP, Safe Harbor and the YWCA of Richmond. RHART provides hospital accompaniment for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Advocates are dispatched to six hospitals in the metro-Richmond area, and provide emotional support to victims throughout their emergency room stay. Advocates are trained to educate victims on the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault, refer victims to local services, and provide emotional support during medical exams.