Lorain County Safe Harbor/Genesis House exists to provide temporary safety, shelter, food, aid and support to the victims of domestic violence and their children who have reached the decision to leave the violent situation.
When a person calls for assistance or information, a telephone interview is conducted; then if space is available, a trained shelter staff person arranges to meet the victim away from both the home and the shelter to explain the shelter and discuss what options are available. If it is agreed that the coming to the shelter is the best choice, arrangements can be made at that time.
While shelter residents must make their own plans and decisions, an extensive client advocacy program is available to makes sure they have access to the information they need to move forward. Shelter staff is always available to discuss her options.
Most battering includes two or more of the following types of violence: Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Psychological abuse, Destruction of Property.
Genesis House Provides:
- Legal Advocates assist victims of domestic violence, explaining the legal system and their legal rights. The legal advocate will escort the victim to court during their case or to get protection orders.
- Counseling and education to teens on topics like understanding dating violence, developing healthy relationships and questions to ask yourself about your relationships.
- A 24-hour crisis hot line is available to victims of domestic violence to offer support and allow victims to discuss their situation while remaining anonymous.
- Shelter and safety for women and children in immediate danger. Women in the shelter make their own plans and decisions, but staff will offer direction the women regarding agencies throughout Lorain County who can help them when seeking a job or housing, transportation and childcare.