Mission: The center against domestic violence works toward a society free of violence and abuse. The center leads the way by offering education and prevention programs and promoting the well-being and economic independence of survivors of abuse.
Programs: Emergency domestic violence shelters - in fiscal 2014, the center sheltered 344 adults and 737 children. 23% of shelter families were discharged to safe permanent housing. The center opened the first pubicly-funded domestic violence shelter in new york state, and now operates three full-service shelters for victims and their children. The individualized services provided by our shelters give residents the tools they need to break the pattern of domestic violence and start life anew. While in shelter, adults and children benefit from counseling, case management, support groups and workshops, childcare, housing assistance, vocational assistance, recreation and other crucial services. The center provides ongoing support for former shelter residents.
relationship abuse prevention & community services - the center's groundbreaking education programs reach more than 27,000 youngpeople each year to prevent domestic violence and teach them to have healthy relationships. The relationship abuse prevention program offered workshops, counseling, peer leadership activities and community education on 11 high school campuses and at 4 intermediate schools. 1563 students participated in three or more educational offerings, where more than 85% of them gained significant knowledge to be able to form healthy relationships in the future and avoid abusive relationships. 596 students received individual counseling and 655 students participated in group counseling. 202 students were peer leaders, of whom 60 participated in the center's summer peer leadership institute. Peer leaders participated in 220 events in the community. The center provides victim advocacy, case management, support groups and community outreach to eliminate domestic violence. Last year, the center assisted 155 victims to apply for crime victims' compensation, engaged over 700 in counseling, case management and emergency assistance, conducted a support group in spanish with 38 ongoing participants and one in english with 10 ongoing participants. Workshops and outreach activities raised awareness that everyone deserves a life free of abuse.
child care - children's growing place is a unique award winning childcare program located in the center's women's survival space shelter. Children's growing place provides specialized childcare for preschool and school aged children from violent homes. Children's growing place serves 79 children from all five boroughs who became homeless because of violence. Domestic violence is a learned behavior that all students have witnessed firsthand. As well as increasing literacy and socialization, the center's work with these children includes group and individual counseling to decrease their isolation and give them the vocabulary and awareness to talk about the violence they have witnessed.
In the RAPP program i experienced things that i would have never thought of doing. this program helped me learn how to communicate with others and broke me out of my shell. also just the experience in being here and meeting people from different backgrounds and associated with them and doing activities with them made me close with each and every one of them. the RAPP program is an awesome experience , you will want to do it every year.
This program was able to help me open up to the world and discover new things. It made me realize that I'm not the only person going through a struggle and that they are more like me. It also helped me realize that it is okay to ask for help and that there are good people out in the world. If it wasn't for this program, I would've been a high school drop out and be somewhere no one ever wants to be.
Ive been with this program for four years now and it has been amazing. This program teaches so many different things that help you grown and help others. It also helped me do so many things out of my comfort zone and i'm so grateful for all the wonderful memories Ive made , I would definitely suggest this program to any one because its amazing and it gives you a different perspective of life and helps you a lot.
I was a very shy person growing up and when I started the rapp program i realize that i have nothing to fear. I realized that my voice deserves to be heard. Since starting the program I have grown as an individuals and now i am not as quiet and i can speak for myself.
The summer RAPP program help me communicate with others and I really enjoyed the people i worked with they made it feel like less of a job and more of a family making a change and through out the summer I got to help people in the shelters.