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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Everything you want to know.
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:
Indy Champions for Domestic Violence Prevention – (317) 210-0866 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Julian Center – (317) 920-9320 or email@example.com
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
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.
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.
Yes! Coburn Place was Henry P. Coburn Public School No. 66. It opened in 1915 for students and closed in the late 1970s.
We have 35 apartments onsite – 15 studios, 15 two-bedrooms and five three-bedrooms.
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.
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.
We serve clients in Marion County and the surrounding counties.
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.