Houston Area Women's Center, Inc. Overview
Programs: The Houston Area Women's Center's programs include two 24-hour hotlines, residential support services, nonresidential support services and community education and primary prevention components. All services are provided free of charge. The Women's Center serves all women, men, and children, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, faith, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background.
The Hotline program provides a domestic violence hotline and a sexual assault hotline. Both hotlines are open 24-hours a day, and can be answered in almost any language and for the hearing impaired. The hotline provides crisis intervention and access to the counseling and residential programs.
The residential program provides safe, emergency shelter for 125 women and children domestic violence or sexual assault survivors. Survivors can stay in the shelter for up to 90 days. The shelter includes not just residential space, but an onsite daycare and makes educational arrangements for school age children through the Houston Independent School District, as well as a job training facility for adults.
The non-residential program provides individual and group counseling for survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence--women, men, teens and children. This program also provides long term housing assistance including rental and utility assistance, legal advocacy for survivors, and court-based advocacy for children/youth involved as victim/witnesses in the criminal justice system. The Women's Center provides domestic violence support groups for both adults and their children and sexual assault support groups for adults and teens. Friends and family members of survivors can also access supportive and educational group services.
The community affairs program provides education and training on the prevention and elimination of domestic violence and sexual violence. Education programs are provided in English and Spanish. Teen dating violence prevention programs target middle and high school teens. Primary prevention programs are also targeted to underserved populations such as the African American, Hispanic and youth populations.
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