Free and Confidential Services

All services provided by The Abuse Network are free of charge and completely confidential.

 

24-Hour Hotline

The Abuse Network offers a 24-hour hotline which provides one-on-one assistance to any caller who needs information and/or resources concerning domestic or sexual violence or other violent crimes 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week.  Emergency accompaniment services may be accessed through the hotline.

The hotline telephone number is (717) 242-2444.

 

Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter

The Abuse Network provides emergency shelter to those in immediate need due to domestic violence.  This is a temporary sanctuary for those seeking respite from violence and abuse.  All other services offered by The Abuse Network are also available to shelter residents

 

Advocacy

Advocates provide assistance, information, and realistic appraisal of time, procedure, and possible outcomes to help navigate unknown paths.  There are basic responsibilities an advocate has to a survivor:

*     Serve as a liaison between the survivor and systems
*     Facilitate the survivor's decision-making
*     Inform the survivor of her/his rights
*     Prepare the survivor by providing her/him with necessary information
*     Accompany the survivor as she/he moves through systems
*     Inform the survivor of other services available to her/him
*     Document services provided according to program requirements
*     Reach out for assistance and support when necessary

Child Advocacy

We provide services to younger victims, between the ages of 4 and 18, who are affected by domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

Legal Advocacy

This is any one-on-one interaction between a trained program worker and an eligible adult client or third party on behalf of an adult client, the purpose of which is to explain the criminal justice system, the civil court or legal system, the client's rights, etc.  Some examples of legal advocacy may include issues related to the PFA Act as well as other legal issues such as divorce, custody, etc.

Legal advocacy may also include accompanying the client to court, the police station, legal services, etc., for support.  Legal advocacy has the purpose of benefiting the client with the service plan in mind.

Medical Advocacy

Upon a request made by a client, police or hospital emergency room personnel will call an advocate to meet with the client.  The advocate will introduce herself/himself as such and explain procedures that will take place and the reasoning for it.  The advocate will stay with the client while she/he waits to be seen by medical personnel and ask the client if she/he would like the advocate to be present during the exam.

After the exam, the advocate will meet with the client to provide assistance, information, and realistic appraisal of time, procedure, and possible outcomes to help navigate the next step the client wishes to take.  The advocate will ask if she/he can call the client the next day to make sure she/he is okay and offer continuing support of The Abuse Network.

 

Accompaniment

Police

Accompaniment to provide emotional support, as well as advocacy, should you decide to report the crime.

Legal

Accompaniment, as well as advocacy, throughout related hearings and trials.

Medical

Accompaniment, as well as advocacy, for any test or examination at a hospital emergency room or a physician's office.

 

Support Groups

Sexual Assault

A confidential sexual assault support group allows members to be heard and understood as well as encourages development of empowerment skills.  It enables members to see that they are not alone and, in turn, feel increasingly safe and capable of working on issues relating to their own experience.

Domestic Violence

A confidential domestic violence support group allows members to be heard and understood as well as encourages development of empowerment skills.  It enables members to see that they are not alone and, in turn, feel increasingly safe and capable of working on issues relating to their own experience.

Children

Individual or group counseling is available to children and teens between the ages of 4 and 18.  Structured activities provide children with the tools they need to help them identify their feelings, build self-esteem.

 

Empowerment & Options Counseling

The Abuse Network offers supportive counseling services to victims of domestic and/or sexual violence.
Empowerment and options counseling is a non-psychotherapeutic method of assistance that promotes well-being and provides a victims with the information needed to help secure safety so that they may regain independence and autonomy.

 

Information & Referral

We provide clients with all of the materials and information they need to make choices in their best interest.  We also provide referrals for outside services that may aid in a client's safety or in a client regaining her/his independence.