Fourteen licensed domestic violence programs in West Virginia provide direct services such as:
- Emergency shelter offers a safe place for victims to stay if they are in need of emergency housing. While there, survivors learn about available options and develop a safety plan.
- 24-Hour emergency hotline gives 24-hour a day access to advocates who provide crisis intervention and emotional support, advocacy, information, admission into shelter and referrals if the shelter is full.
- Advocacy and other support services can include help in obtaining medical care, legal protection, housing, furniture, clothing, training and educational services, employment, social services, emergency transportation, and translation services.
- Peer support counseling provides information, emotional support and help in identifying options and building solutions. Programs offer referrals to long-term therapeutic services.
- Battered women’s support groups provide victims with an opportunity to be with other women who have been abused and with whom they may have much in common.
- Services for children include counseling and support to help children understand what is happening and to provide education and tools to break the generational cycle of domestic violence.
- Monitored visitation services offer a protected, neutral setting for exchange or visitation with children to occur.
- Perpetrator Intervention Programs are educational programs offered in some areas of the state for perpetrators of domestic violence to learn to recognize and be accountable for their abusive behavior.
For a listing of licensed domestic violence programs in West Virginia, click here.