Mission: The Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County encourages, empowers and advocates for those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes. We inspire, through awareness, education, prevention and intervention, citizens who are proactive in creating a safer community and breaking the cycle of violence.
Geographic areas served: Lawrence County
Programs: Domestic violenceduring the fiscal year 2015 the organization assisted 1154 clients with the issue of domestic violence. Emergency shelter was provided for over 87 adults and 71 children for 4058 nights. These adults and their children were victims of domestic violence who were provided with shelter, safety plans, information, and referrals along with other agency services including counseling, groups, and court accompaniment. Information and referrals include helping the client to obtain such things as: safe affordable housing, childcare, financial assistance, etc along with continuing to focus on their safety. All clients are offered use of our 24 hour hotline. Court advocacy was provided for any client needing help through the court system. There were 424 protections from abuse orders during our most recent fiscal year. We provide all court accompaniments for clients as well as a safe place at the court house, shielding from the media, and a presence at hearings, sentencing, etc. We have staff on call 24 hours a day for hospital accompaniment. Individual, group, and psycho educational counseling is provided to all victims and significant others. Approximately 7700 hours were spent counseling domestic violence clients during the fiscal year.
sexual assault victim assistanceduring fiscal year 2015, we saw over 631 clients dealing with sexual assault, including victims and significant others. Counseling services are offered to all clients who have reached us through our 24 hour hotline as well as those through referrals. We have held individual, group, and psycho educational counseling. The counseling department not only provides services at our location but is mobile for the convenience of the client, including counseling children in schools confidentially. There has also been collaboration with the faith based community to bring awareness to rural communities and set the ground work for offsite counseling areas. The advocacy department provides court accompaniments for clients as well as a safe place at the court house and a presence at hearings, sentencing, etc. We have staff on call 24 hours a day to meet victims at the hospital.
The Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County is a comprehensive non-profit that assists the community in several different ways. This progressive shelter is innovative in reaching the community by various programs such as "Believe Me When I Tell". This highly visible program helped generate awareness for all ages regarding sexual assault/abuse of children. The Crisis Shelter not only has several programs; it also reaches various geographical areas. Some of these services can be found on-line with individuals ready to help through a "chat" type of system at all times. These "chats" will give information to individuals that are potential victims. The progression through technology, counseling services and education to all ages and gender lines makes this program invaluable to the community.
The Shelter's services are much more comprehensive than what one would expect at first glance. Not only does the Shelter staff assist victims of domestic violence, they also work to end the cyle of violence for all people, regardless of age or gender.
To name just a few tough issues that the Shelter addresses: bullying in the schools, sexting among teens and children, elder abuse, special concerns regarding domestic violence in the LGBT community, specific issues involved with rural violence, sexual abuse of children, acquaintance rape and stranger rape, stalking.
Lawrence County is fortunate to have a progressive, all-encompassing Shelter that is dedicated to ending the cycle of violence and staying on top of difficult issues that arise in our community. And the Shelter is fortunate to have caring community members such as the District Attorney's office and the Fraternal Order of Police. When we all come together, we are sure to make a difference!