HOTLINE NUMBERS: 850-763-0706 OR 1-800-252-2597
The program provides hotline counseling 24 hours per day seven days per week to individuals who think they might be a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault. Program staff can provide individuals with brief crisis counseling and safety planning to diffuse the state that the victim currently finds themselves in. Lethality assessments are conducted and the victim is given options and provided assistance in making the best choices for themselves and their children. Many times information and referrals are provided to not only victims, but individuals who may be concerned about someone they think may be a victim.
All hotline calls are kept confidential and staff will do everything in their power to assist someone in a desperate situation.
If you think you may be a victim or know someone you think may be a victim please call our hotline and let our trained staff provide information and assistance to meet your need.
ARE YOU A VICTIM?
Are you frightened of your partner’s temper or compliant because you don’t want to hurt his/her feelings?
Do you make decisions about activities and friends according to what your partner wants or how he/she will react?
Do you have the urge to rescue your partner when your partner is in trouble?
Do you apologize to yourself or to others for your partners behavior?
Does your partner devalue your opinions, your feelings and your accomplishments?
Does he/she assume the right to control how you live and behave?
Do you “walk on egg shells” rehearsing what you will say so as not to set him/her off?
Does he/she switch from charm to rage without warning?
Is he/she extremely jealous or possessive?
Does he/she blame you for everything that goes wrong in the relationship?
Keep with someone you trust: a spare set of keys, a set of clothes, important papers, prescriptions and some money.
Keep any evidence of physical abuse (ripped clothes, photos of bruises and injuries, etc.)
Plan the safest time to get away.
Know where you can go for help. Tell someone what is happening to you. Keep the phone numbers of friends, relatives and the domestic violence shelter with you.
Call the police if you are in danger and need help.
If you are injured, go to the hospital emergency room or doctor and report what happened to you. Ask that they document your visit.
Plan with your children and identify a safe place for them—a room with a lock or a neighbor’s house where they can go for help. Reassure them their job is to stay safe, not to protect you!!
Arrange a signal with a neighbor, i.e., if the porch light is on call the police.
Contact the Salvation Army Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Program to find out about laws, legal assistance and other resources available to you before you have to use them or during a crisis…..
The program conducts various awareness activities during the year. We provide community education presentations and Professional Trainings upon request. Please feel free to contact 850-769-7989 to schedule training for your organization, business or group.
INCREASING AWARENESS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT:
Upon invitation, the Salvation Army Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Program will provide free on-site professional training for the following institutions:
Teachers & Guidance Counselors
Social Service Agencies
The program will also provide public presentations for:
Middle & High School Classes
Our agency welcomes the opportunity to provide information about the dynamics and effects of domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault. Whether you would like to learn how to protect yourself or service victims, we are available to educate, train and serve.
Please note that if your organization does not fall into one of the above categories, please contact us. We would be happy to provide educational classes wherever there is a need.