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BUILDING HOPE - SAVING LIVES

The Haven of RCS

Empowering survivors of 

domestic violence

"I got the help I needed, so that I can
have a non-abusive life"
--Kim B., Clearwater

 

Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors. The intent of these behaviors is for the batterer to establish power and control over the victim. The behaviors are more than an isolated incident. Domestic violence almost always involves various forms of control - physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, economic, etc. Domestic violence is not isolated to people who are married. It occurs with dating adolescents, same sex couples and adults living together. The defining characteristic is that they share an intimate relationship.

 

 

 
Know the Facts 

 

  • Domestic Violence has harmed relationships for centuries and remains a widespread problem. In the US, if affects millions of people annually, mostly women and children, but also the people who love them.
  • 1 in 4 women in the US will experience Domestic Violence in their lifetime 
  • Anyone can be abused, regardless of employment or education, racial or ethnic background, religion, marital status, health, age or sexual orientation. 
  • Abusive behavior is a choice.  Abuse is not caused by drug or alcohol use, mental illness, stress or poor anger control.
Read the Pinellas County 2012 Fatality Review Team Annual Report

 

Free and Confidential Services Available

Emergency Safe House (Shelter)  Temporary emergency, confidential shelter to domestic violence victims and their children. The facility is staffed 24-hours-per- day, 7 days a week.

24-Hour Hotline  Our hotline provides counseling, information and referrals by telephone, available 24 hours a day. 727-442-4128

 

Safety Planning  Safety Plans are developed with Safe House residents, Outreach clients, participants at court and hotline callers. Safety Plans include a lethality assessment, documentation of abuser’s patterns, and an escape plan. 

Outreach Services  Services are available for people who do not want to come to Safe House. These services are available Monday- Friday from 9:00am- 5:00pm. For more information, call our Outreach Line at 727-441-2029.

 

Service Management  Service Management is provided by staff and provides each participant a needs assessment, the development of a service and safety plan, and the coordination of appropriate services and follow-up.

Youth Program  Children in the Safe House receive child assessments, case management and daily activities. Children in Outreach see a Youth Advocate, attend groups and referrals are made as needed.   

 

Advocacy  Staff provides information on the dynamics of domestic violence. Advocacy is provided by telephone and in person.

 

Support Groups  Support groups are offered in Safe House and Outreach for women and children.  One group is for Spanish speakers. 

Legal Advocacy  Advocates provide legal advocacy at both the Clearwater Courthouse and the Judicial Complex at 49th Street.  Advocates and trained volunteers also help with Injunctions for Protection at both courthouses.

Information and Referral  Referrals to appropriate services and resources to meet individual needs are provided face-to-face or over the phone.

911 Cell Phone Distribution  Used cell phones are distributed to victims to be used in case of emergency.

 

Dating Violence Education and Prevention Program  This program educates young people of Middle and High School age about the dangers of dating violence and provides resources and referrals to help. 

Peacemakers Program This is a program for children in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching a five week curriculum about peace.

 

Community Education  Trained staff presents community education to the public. 

Professional Training  Trained staff provides professional training to law enforcement, medical professionals and other professionals and paraprofessionals for their certifications

 

Transitional Living Program  A two year housing program for women coming out of Safe House to enable them to get a better education or job while continuing to be empowered to live safe.


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The Haven of RCS

Outreach: Monday - Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Outreach Phone: 727-441-2029

HOTLINE 727-442-4128

TTY 727-446-2448

or

FL State Hotline 1-800-500-1119

All services are 

free and confidential.

If you think you need help,

 please call!