Program services include comprehensive case management with emphasis on parenting skills and budgeting, abuse counseling, enrichment and recreational programs, and assistance with obtaining affordable long-term housing. Families also receive therapeutic counseling from certified professionals.
The Domestic Violence program’s primary goal is to help the participating families obtain affordable long-term housing and become financially independent. The program targets women who are not dependent on drugs or alcohol, and have no viable resources, to establish a safe home for themselves and their dependents. They must also show potential to remain committed to ending an abusive relationship and becoming self sufficient, and can remain in the program up to 2 years.
CHS has the capacity to help 24 families per/year through it’s three transitional housing programs. Further, the agency provides appropriate information and referrals to a number of families.
Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence
At CHS we understand that domestic violence is a problem which has long term ramifications, not just for those who are abused and their families, but for society as a whole. It is a problem calling for awareness 365 days a year; a problem which often includes a learned, multigenerational pattern that takes great effort to alter.
It has long been recognized that a safe house away from the abuser is only a first step in a long process to break the cycle of violence. Mothers who feel that they have no economic options to care for themselves and their children may bounce between a shelter and going “home” to an abuser any number of times. They may not believe they have the necessary skills to provide for themselves, and thus perceive return as the only option to homelessness.
CHS’ Domestic Violence Program works to help the family recover from the trauma of abuse while establishing a safe and healthy home life. The immediate benefit for the women in this Domestic Violence program is security. The women can stay in shelters a maximum of thirty days. For those who have not only had to flee their homes but also quit their jobs and at least temporarily cut ties with family and friends in order to escape from their abuser, a thirty-day period does not give them enough time to take all the steps they need to rebuild their lives. The minimum two years of the CHS’ Domestic Violence Program provides a safe breathing space while they prioritize and work toward their goals.
Each of the programs procedural steps helps the participant gain self-confidence and begin to realize the possibility of building a productive, self-sufficient life, free from the fear of abuse. With this knowledge, the cycle of abuse has a chance to be truly broken, rather than temporarily interrupted.