Advocates for Victims of Assault was founded in 1979, out of a need to support victims of domestic violence. As our community has grown we have expanded our services to include victims of sexual assault, stalking, and other trauma. Local law enforcement,our hospital, and community members continue to use our confidential 24-hour crisis hotline and advocacy services as a critical resource. In 1996, we opened our first safe house, which has consistently been occupied by women and children seeking refuge from battering and abuse. We also provide safe housing to men in local hotels.
Our advocacy services include assistance in navigating the legal system, referrals to community resources, and information about the dynamics typically present in violent relationships.
In the effort to reduce violence in our community we provide outreach and education in our local schools, businesses, and to the general public. We also work closely with the criminal justice system to increase accountability for perpetrators, and to ensure that the rights of victims are respected
Why We Exist
- Every day in our country 700 women are abused and 4 are murdered by their intimate partners.
- Battering is the single major cause of injury to women – more frequent than auto accidents, muggings and rapes combined.
- Fifty-three percent of battering husbands abuse their children too.
- Children in violent families learn from their experience. 30% of those children become violent adults. They often suffer from disrupted development, poor health and poor academic performance.
Comments from people who've received help from Advocates:
“This nonprofit has been nothing short of amazing as I go through this difficult time. Thanks for all of the help!!!”
“..The support group has been so helpful for me. I never knew that there were other women who were going through the same thing that I was. I am learning about my own patterns in relationships.”
“..Since we have been at the safe-house, my kids actually play. It is so great to hear them laugh again. We finally feel safe.”