Dating Violence Prevention
The Dating Violence Prevention program strives to help teach the youth skills to understand healthy relationships through an 8-week program to hopefully conquer abuse and halt the cycle of domestic violence. Using “Safe Dates”, this program has eight sessions that help teens to recognize the difference between supportive relationships and abusive, manipulative, or controlling relationships by using skill building and real examples to go beyond statistics. DVSSP is the only entity in Washington County that provides this specific service and only to victims of domestic violence and children. After the 8-weeks, DVSSP hopes to accomplish the following: have teens that can identify the most important qualities in a dating relationship, describe how they want to be treated by a partner and how they want to treat their partner, identify physical and emotional abuse in dating relationships, understand the victim is not at fault, recognize the complexity of leaving an abusive relationship, how to support a friend in an abusive relationship, the importance of communicating feelings, and nonviolent responses.
Shelter Counseling Program
The Shelter Counseling Program aims to provide a safe, confidential, and inclusive shelter to men women and children that are victims of domestic violence by providing a 15-bed capacity shelter, 24-hour hotline and other services. In addition to the temporary shelter, services such as 24-hour transportation, legal advocacy, counseling, therapy, food, clothing and personal care items are provided to the residents. DVSSP is the only entity in Washington County that provides these services specifically to domestic violence victims. During the 2-year funding period, DVSSP hopes to achieve the following: 110 adult shelter recipients and 700 hotline service recipients will report that needs were met, 90% of adult residents that participate in individual or group counseling for at least 2 weeks will show an increase in knowledge about domestic violence, and 90% of all residents will develop an individualized, client-driven safety plan.