Today, sexual assault and domestic violence victims come to one place and receive these services:
• Help from experts to find safety and craft a plan to move forward
• Legal help with child custody, financial support, and temporary restraining orders
• Forensic medical exams to document injuries
• Emotional support and counseling through case managers that support victims in
healing from the emotional impacts of violence
My interest in this cause started in 2016 when I attended the Ladies High Tea, Helpmate’s main annual fundraiser. A speaker discussed a study in which researchers literally walked with a victim of domestic violence through her journey of getting help and landing back on her feet. Getting herself and her family into a safe situation required filling out sixty-one forms, talking with twenty-one people, and receiving thirty referrals. I was amazed and saddened to hear this story. I can’t imagine having to overcome all these obstacles in a state of physical, mental, or emotional crisis. Many victims, I’m sure, never manage to navigate such a maze.
As a result of this study, and after a few of years of collaboration, the Family Justice Center was born. Helpmate, Our Voice, and Mountain Child Advocacy Center were all involved in this joint venture from the beginning. What else is Helpmate doing to end domestic violence?