We were founded in 1998 when representatives of Henrico County, Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Commonwealth Catholic Charities, The Salvation Army, Virginia Commonwealth University Sexual Assault Program, and the YWCA of Richmond met to address the shortage of shelter beds and support services in Henrico County for domestic violence victims. We officially opened our doors in April 2000 as an emergency shelter to provide safe housing for victims of domestic violence in imminent danger. Today, we offer the following services: • We do this through the following programs: • Trauma-informed individual counseling and support groups for adults in Spanish and English. Counseling is provided at our community office, safe houses, and at the facilities of our partners Housing Families First in the east end of Henrico County and the Sacred Heart Center in the Manchester section of Richmond; • Individual counseling for children, age 5 and up, who have witnessed domestic or sexual violence involving a parent or guardian; and teens, age 13 and up, who are the victim of sexual assault/abuse or dating violence; • Emergency shelter and transitional house for sexual and domestic violence survivors; • Human trafficking emergency shelter and transitional house for female human trafficking survivors who have been forced into sex work; • Support groups for incarcerated female survivors of sexual violence or human trafficking at Henrico County East and West Jails; • Case management services in English and Spanish for survivors who are accessing our services through our shelters, community office, or partner locations; • Matrix Model of Addiction Treatment counseling for human trafficking survivors; • Court advocacy within the Henrico County General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court; • Equine-assisted therapy groups for female human trafficking survivors; • 24-hour crisis hotline in partnership with YWCA of Richmond; • Regional Hospital Accompaniment Response Team (RHART) which meets survivors of sexual or domestic violence in area hospital emergency rooms 24/7 to offer crisis intervention, supportive counseling, advocacy services, and referral and resource information, and • Community outreach and education programs. During FY18, 1,314 adults and 229 children found support, counseling, and referral information through our court, counseling, shelter, Regional Hospital Accompaniment Response Team (RHART), and hotline programs. This is a 10% increase in the number of clients we served during FY17.
Counseling Program for Adults and Children
"I don't know how I could have done this without you. Thank you." - V., a domestic violence survivor Our Counseling Program provides important support and resources to survivors living in our shelters or in our community through: Trauma informed individual counseling and support groups for adults in Spanish and English. Counseling is provided at our community office, safe houses, and at the facilities of our partners Housing Families First in the east end of Henrico and the Sacred Heart Center in Manchester, Individual counseling for children, ages 5 and up, who have witnessed domestic or sexual violence involving a parent or guardian, and teens, ages 13 and up, who are the victim of sexual assault or dating violence, Equine-assisted therapy groups for male and female survivors of sexual violence, and Support groups for incarcerated female survivors of sexual violence at Henrico East and West Jails. In FY17, we served 380 adults and 70 children through our Counseling Program.
24-hr. Confidential Crisis Hotline
"You actually heard me. Thank you." survivor accessing hotline service Safe Harbor operates a sexual and domestic violence hotline 365 days a year, 24 hours a day which supports those calling with safety planning, crisis intervention, legal resources, counseling, and community referrals.
Safe House Program
Safe House Program Without shelters, many survivors face the unimaginable choice of either becoming homeless or returning to their abuser. Our Safe House Program consists of: · Emergency shelter for sexual and domestic violence survivors, · Hope House, a transitional program, which provides safe, affordable, supportive housing, and long-term case management for sexual and domestic violence survivors who have achieved stability and independence, · Human trafficking emergency shelter for female human trafficking survivors who have been forced into sex work, · Human trafficking transitional shelter, which opened in February 2018, is the first shelter of its kind in Central Virginia to provide safe, affordable, supportive housing, and long-term case management for human trafficking survivors working towards independence and stability. In FY17, we served 80 individuals through our Safe House Program.
Education and Violence Prevention Presentations
"This training changed my life. I think everyone should be required to take it!" Volunteer Training participant Customized education presentations are available to any community organization, corporation or professional group. Presentation topics include: sexual and domestic violence, recognizing signs of domestic violence in the workplace, and specialized law enforcement and medical professional training. In addition, programs for children, teens and young adults that include bullying, healthy relationships and dating violence are also available.