|Advocates at Women In Distress assist participants in learning about their rights as victims of domestic violence, through counseling, support and facilitating access to public resources. Advocates assess participants’ needs, work with them to develop a personalized safety plan, identify community resources, provide assistance in accessing those services, and follow-up.
The services offered at Women In Distress are essential to helping victims re-build their lives after victimization. Our services also help them understand, and participate in, the criminal justice system, and provide them with safe shelter, if needed. Our participants are free to choose the programs and services in which they wish to participate. During the first critical days after they begin seeking services at Women In Distress, the advocate will be there as a support system, someone they can lean on as she or he begins a new life.
Support groups can be a very important part of the healing process for survivors of domestic violence. Women In Distress provides a variety of groups to meet the needs of the diverse population in our community. Below is a list of some of the groups we offer.
Meeting the needs of all domestic violence victims requires effective collaboration between domestic violence service providers, victim advocates and experts. Women In Distress partners with a variety of community agencies within Broward County to provide necessary services to domestic violence victims, including the facilitation of group counseling, and other supportive services at satellite locations throughout the county.
Outreach to Men
Domestic violence cuts across all boundaries–class, wealth, race, and in particular, gender. Unfortunately, the history of the anti-domestic violence movement has meant that women have been recognized as victims long before men. As a result, there are still very few services in the domestic violence community designed specifically for men as victims.
At Women In Distress, we are changing that. We have seen a significant increase in male survivors seeking services and as a result, we provide support groups, shelter and other services for men who are survivors of dating violence or domestic abuse. It allows a safe space for men to talk openly and without judgment about their unique experiences, so that they can better understand their situations and find the tools necessary to positively impact their future.