- Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Our crisis centers operating in both Summit and Medina Counties serve to provide emergency protective shelter and a supportive environment for women and their children fleeing an abusive situation.
The centers in both counties are at confidential locations. Our shelters are CLEAN AND COMFORTABLE, home-like environments where you can relax, eat a good meal, sleep in a peaceful environment and begin educating and empowering yourself. Trained staff are available 24 hours a day to answer our hotline and provide crisis intervention, safety planning and help callers explore their options. Domestic violence victims who call our hotline and need protective shelter have the option of staying in one of our shelters. There, trained crisis intervention specialists staffed around the clock are there to provide a safe haven where women and children can receive support, education, emergency food, clothing, personal items and explore their options, as well as promote non-violent conflict resolution.
For male victims of domestic violence, the Battered Women's Shelter WILL provide identical safe housing using local hotels. Male victims will be checked in at various hotels under "safe names" so that their identity is protected. Employees from the shelter will visit the men and provide case management, support and education to help in planning the future.
Case management is available to assist residents in setting short-term goals needed to transition into a life of peace. Some of those goals may include finding employment, housing, child care, utilizing court advocacy, obtaining protection orders, seeking legal representation, counseling, financial assistance, healthcare and education.
Youth Advocates work with children and teens in shelter, providing individual and group support sessions. The advocates model and work with parents to regain age appropriate, non-violent forms of discipline, healthy communication and learn coping skills which are needed to successfully raise children.
Residents can attend weekly support groups lead by a trained facilitator. Each week, the facilitator will discuss topics such as the cycle of abuse, signs of abuse and coping skills.
If you are in need of a safe place to stay while sorting through the complicated experiences of domestic violence, please contact our staff through the following hotline numbers:
Summit County Hotline (330) 374-1111
Summit County Toll Free Hotline (888) 395-4357
Medina County Hotline (330) 723-3900