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.
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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.
Erica Wiedemann, Director of The Haven of RCS, shares about how The Haven provides Help & Hope, especially regarding Teen Dating Violence Prevention.
The Haven of RCS
Monday – Friday
9:00am – 5:00pm
Outreach Phone: 727-441-2029
or FL State Hotline 1-800-500-1119
All services are free and confidential. If you think you need help, please call!
Take a tour of The Haven of RCS
What to expect as a resident at The Haven of RCS Emergency Safe House
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