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Finding Help in a Domestic Violence Situation
13th Oct

2019

Finding Help in a Domestic Violence Situation

We are in the middle of Domestic Violence Prevention Month, where we are shaping the conversation from not just awareness about issues surrounding domestic violence, but preventing it.

Thanks to our friends at the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, (ICADV) we are sharing critical information on how to get help: in an emergency situation, for the long term well-being of your family, and everything in between.

Defining domestic violence

There is not a right or wrong way to feel when you have experienced domestic violence. Nor is there one set of services that work for every survivor. If you are not sure if the situation you are experiencing is abuse, you can read the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s definition HERE.

Programs in our area

If you or someone you know needs help with a domestic violence situation, ICADV can offer referrals to both residential and non-residential domestic violence programs and services in your area.

Local sexual and domestic violence programs provide an array of services. While not every program offers the same exact thing, every program is committed to providing quality, culturally-relevant, community-based services for survivors, friends and family, and the broader community.

Regardless of your gender identity, sexual orientation, age or ability, there are programs that will help you find safety and determine what is best for you and your family.

What to expect when you call a program

Domestic violence programs offer free and confidential counseling and advocacy. All programs have trained advocates who can talk with you about your situation, your safety and your options.

They can also help you identify and obtain housing, legal and medical support as well as shelters, services and other resources for you and your children. Programs can also help family members, friends, and colleagues with concerns.

  • Safety planning: If you are in immediate danger or are thinking about leaving the relationship, hotline advocates can talk through a safety plan with you over the phone.
  • Information about your rights: You may have questions about whether you have to notify the police or your school. You may have questions about moving out of state, especially if you have children in common with the person abusing you. Advocates can help you find answers.
  • Advocacy services: All programs have trained advocates to help with common concerns including safety, health, family and children services, social assistance programs, immigration, housing, legal issues, medical issues and more.
  • Referrals to programs: Advocates can help you find the kinds of services you or someone you care about need
  • Support groups for children, youth, and adults: Support groups can offer a chance to meet others who have had similar experiences and is an important part of healing.
  • Legal advocacy: You may have questions about restraining orders, criminal or civil matters, or how to keep your children safe. All programs can provide assistance in obtaining a protective order. An Advocate can connect you to ICADV’s satellite attorney program, which offers survivors access to low cost or free legal help, including help with immigration cases
  • Emergency shelter: Residential programs offer temporary shelter or safe homes.
  • Transitional housing: Some programs have longer-term housing for victims and survivors, such as apartments.
  • Economic assistance: Recognizing that most survivors struggle to regain financial independence after an abusive situation, your advocate can help you apply for funds to help with education costs, debt repayment and more

You can find a program in your community by clicking here, or calling ICADV’s
24-hour Statewide Hotline at 1.800.332.7385.

Beyond the shelter 

The needs of survivors go beyond shelter and program support. In the ICADV’s
Re-Centering report, they heard from people struggling from issues like financial insecurity, housing instability, childcare issues and neighborhood security, that hindered their path towards freedom.

What is Connect2Help 211?

If this sounds like something you, or someone you know, has experienced, there are options available to help. Connect2Help is an important tool to find resources in your area. This is a free and confidential service that helps Hoosiers in Central Indiana find the local resources they need.

Its mission is to facilitate connections between people who need human services and those that provide them. Since 1924, they have been educating clients on available resources, increasing self-sufficiency, changing lives and improving overall quality of life in the communities they serve. They are available 24/7/365 and have a multitude of avenues to offer help.

This can be anything from necessities like food, shelter and clothing, to assistance with utility payments, childcare assistance, or healthcare services, including mental health and substance abuse issues.

Contacting Coburn

Coburn Place is also here to answer a call 24/7/365. Our phone number is 317.923.5750 and we’ve recently added a text option: 317.864.0832. 

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