Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you want to know.

These are the most frequent questions we get from survivors and supporters. If you don’t find your answer here, send us an email from our Connect page.

I need help right now!

Coburn Place is not an emergency shelter. If you are in a physically unsafe environment, please call 911. Consider whether you would be safe to stay temporarily with friends or family, or contact one of these local emergency shelters and resources:

The Julian Center – (317) 920-9320 or info@juliancenter.org

Salvation Army – (317) 637-5551

Dayspring Center – (317) 635-6780

Holy Family Shelter – (317) 635-7830

Center for Women & Children/Wheeler Mission Ministries – (317) 635-3575

Indiana211 – 211 or (866) 211-9966, online database

How do I help a friend or family member experiencing abuse?

First, believe them, listen, and don’t be judgmental. Don’t say, “Just leave.” Then, support them. This may look like finding resources and passing them on safely. Any domestic violence service agency can help them with a safety plan at no cost. The National Domestic Violence Hotline offers an interactive safety plan. You can also offer to be part of their safety plan. Encourage them to gather important documents like banking information, social security card and birth certificate – and documents for their children as well – and keep them in a safe place. Advise them to always have cash and a charged phone. Create a code word or phrase they can use in conversation with you to signal that they are not safe. Above all, make sure you only do what they’re OK with you doing, and don’t expect it to be easy. On average, survivors try to leave their abusive relationship seven times before they leave for good. They need to be the one who makes the decision. The important thing is that they feel supported no matter what.

How do I get on your waiting list?

We don’t have a waitlist. Survivors are generally referred to us as we have space by partner shelters and organizations, or through the city. We can serve  35 families on-site and up to 80 families in the community at any given time.

Did Coburn Place used to be an old school?

Yes! Coburn Place was Henry P. Coburn Public School No. 66. It opened in 1915 for students and closed in the late 1970s.

How many apartments do you have on site?

We have 35 apartments onsite – 15 studios, 15 two-bedrooms and five three-bedrooms.

How long can clients receive housing support?

On-site: Our leases start at nine months and are renewable in three-month increments depending on your situation. Clients can live rent- and utility-free for up to two years.

Off-site: Clients can receive rent and utility assistance for up to one year.

Do you only serve women?

No! Coburn Place serves all people impacted by intimate partner violence in the Greater Indianapolis area, regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or religion.

Do you only serve clients in Indianapolis?

We serve clients in Marion County and the surrounding counties.

Where does your funding come from?

Our funding comes from a mix of federal, state and private foundations as well as individual donors, corporations, civic groups, and faith-based groups. For more information or to make a donation, visit Get Involved.