Grace Smith House has been providing services to battered women and their children since 1981. In its first 20 years, the agency sheltered over 2,300 women and more than 1,800 children. These numbers do not include the many thousands of hotline callers who have received counseling and support from committed agency staff through the years.
Our services include advocacy with the legal system and the Department of Social Services, assistance with housing and employment issues and referrals to legal, medical and mental health resources.
· Children’s Programs- A trauma-informed approach to serving children who have been exposed to family violence. Programs take place in our shelters and in our community programs.
· Youth Education and Prevention Programs- School-based programs focusing on bullying and relationship violence prevention and intervention. We also provide crisis response to schools when a family violence incident has occurred.
· Advocacy- Accompaniment and guidance with police, courts, social services, employment, housing and other resources.
· Family Court Liaisons- Two trained liaisons (one Spanish-speaking) to assist with completing petitions and understanding the Family Court process.
· Child Protective Services Liaisons- Two skilled liaisons located at Child Protective Services offering support to victims of domestic violence who are engaged with CPS and who also provide training and support to CPS workers so that they understand the role and features of family violence.
· High Risk Danger Assessment- Danger Assessments to evaluate the level of risk of physical harm for a victim. Process for referring high risk clients to a team of professionals who can implement a cross-system approach to enhance victim safety and offender accountability.
· Crisis Intervention- 24-hour crisis hotlines to help victims assess the danger they are in, create a safety plan for themselves and their children, and understand options available to them.
· Latina Outreach- Spanish-speaking advocacy and counseling. Assistance with the unique issues facing the Latina community.
· Counseling- Highly specialized individual and group counseling for victims of domestic violence.
· Safe Shelter- Two family-style secure shelters offering space for women and children up to the age of 18 (boys and girls). All meals are provided, as well as assistance with transportation, employment, housing, and counseling services.
· Legal Services- Free legal representation in family court for divorce and child custody matters.
· Support Groups- Trained counselors facilitate groups for women and children to help acknowledge their experiences of violence and learn non-violent methods of problem solving and communication.
· Transitional Living- An apartment program housing approximately 15 women and 25 children who are transitioning from a short-term shelter stay and into an independent living environment. Intensive emotional support and advocacy is provided on site.
· P.E.A.C.E. Program- The youth-inspired Peer Encouragement and Community Education team is a teen initiative to engage the community in understanding the impact of domestic violence on children, and the importance of prevention.
· Safe Pet Shelter Program- Collaboration with the SPCA to provide a safe place for animals while their human companions seek shelter in our residential program.
· Legislative Advocacy- We work closely with state legislators to create and support laws that protect victims and increase safety for all.