Programs: By providing victims with safe refuge and access to information and support, emergency shelter services address the crucial needs of victims in the midst of crisis. Victim advocates help clients assess their needs, establish goals based on their individual circumstances and provide individual and group counseling. Shelter residents' children in kindergarten through eighth grade have access to a safe duval county public school site, which helps students pursue their education in an environment of safety and concern. Hubbard house provides therapeutic childcare for infants, toddlers and preschool residents, as well as after school care. The curriculum focuses on self esteem, nonviolent conflict resolution and safety training. Individual and group counseling are provided for children, ages 4 to 17, to address the effects of violence in their lives. -clients served 831
the outreach center offers walk-ins and scheduled appointments for those in need of individual counseling, support groups and other services but are not currently in need of emergency shelter. For those unable to meet at the center, advocates provide support and services to victims at various locations throughout duval and baker counties. Victim advocates also provide emergency response advocacy with police and medical personnel. The helping at risk kids (hark) outreach program is an intervention and prevention program designed by hubbard house for children from abusive homes. The children, ages 4 to 17, are separated into age-appropriate groups. Heavy emphasis is placed on breaking the cycle of violence by teaching anger management, non-violent conflict resolution, respect for others and the development of individualized safety plans. Hubbard house victim advocates also have offices inside the duval county courthouse to provide victims of domestic violence court advocacy assistance with the civil and criminal process and in developing a plan for their safety. Additionally, the intimate violence enhanced services team (invest) was created to increase victim safety in the most potentially lethal cases. It is a collaborative effort among the jacksonville sheriff's office, the city of jacksonville, and hubbard house. On a daily basis, invest personnel review domestic violence police reports, evalutate cases for lethal indicators and proactively contact the victim to offer services. -clients served 3,510
first step batterers' intervention program offers a means for both male and female abusers to examine and change their behaviors and challenges their belief systems that support their abusive behaviors. Offenders in the program must attend an orientation session, an individual assessment and a minimum of twenty-four sessions at a rate of one session each week. We provide services through our community-based programs in duval, baker and st. John' counties; military programs at mayport and nas jacksonville; in custody programs at the pre-trial detention facility (jail) and at matrix house via river region. An approved curriculum is used to present all forms of domestic violence and appropriate alternatives to using violence in intimate relationships as well as being a responsible parent. Offenders are taught to accept responsibility for their abusive behaviors and to be accountable for those behaviors by engaging with their partners non-violently. -clients served 657
various other services for victims including but not limited to prevention,arrest program services and awareness programs.
I have been to several Hubbard House charity events and helped to organize a benefit for them on one occassion. It always amazes me to hear people come up to the volunters and share their stories. Hubbard House does a wonderful job with promoting awareness about domestic violence throughout the community and by offering support and a safe environment for those affected. A member of my immediate family was a victim of domestic violence as a child and I hope that had these resources been available to her she would have been able to reach out for the help she needed.