HOW DOES A BETTER WAY
SUICIDE & CRISIS LIFELINE
A Better Way provides safe, emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault and their children for 45 days, during which they will set and work toward goals leading toward more peaceful lives. The shelter can accommodate up to 25 individuals. Support services include individual counseling, case management, information and referral, essential transportation, and financial independence education.
Legal advocacy is provided to all clients which includes, but is not limited to, accompaniment to court, assistance with filing protective orders, legal rights education, and assistance in preparation for testimony and other issues throughout the legal process.
A Better Way advocates are ready to take your call and provide you with immediate, confidential support. We will listen, offer encouragement, and we will believe you. You may call as often as you like.
Support Group: Our Domestic Violence Support Groups meet every Monday night from 5:30pm – 6:30pm and Wednesday morning from 9:30am – 11:30am, except on holidays. Groups are facilitated by a victim advocate. A children’s group is provided during support group hours.
Individual Support: Professional, licensed counselors are available on-site to provide compassionate trauma-informed care; emotional and behavioral services include assessment, individual counseling, and referral to higher levels of integrated care as needed.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, it’s defined as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another”.
Nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime. If a gun is involved, risk of homicide increases by 500%.
The Warning Signs
- call you names or put you down?
- get extremely jealous when you talk to your friends or family?
- frequently check up on you or demand to know where you have been or what you are doing?
- hit, push, or hurt you in a physical way?
- pressure you into having sex when you don’t want to?
- lose control of temper, then blame you?
- accuse you of lying?
- ignore your thoughts and opinions, and make decisions for you?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions you may be in an abusive relationship.