The Salvation Army is the Second Largest Provider of Shelter to Victims of Such Abuse in the US, with 18 shelters across the country and 3 in Florida.
Florida Domestic Violence Helplines:
Panama City: 800-252-2597
Cocoa Beach Area: 321-631-2764
Pasco County: 727-856-5797
The shelters provide up to 6 weeks of cost-free emergency housing which includes case management, on-premise support groups to educate victims on the dynamics of domestic violence, emergency food and clothing assistance and household goods. Shelters also offer safety planning, domestic violence injunction assistance, court advocacy, information and referrals, crisis intervention counseling, community education and awareness and relocation assistance. Emergency 9-1-1 cell phones are provided and an agency van is available to transport clients to doctors and outside agency appointments.
Services are provided to individuals and families regardless of race, age, religion, color, national origin, mental and physical disability, sexual orientation, citizenship, immigration status or language.
In the shelters, professionally-trained counselors and staff members work around the clock to combat the effects of Domestic Violence. A primary counselor and children’s counselor serves the victims and a victim’s advocate are made available to each individual.
The Children’s Activity Coordinator uses art therapy to create “masterpieces” using many everyday materials. This provides the children a tool to express all the trauma they have experienced in their lives, These pictures and paintings add color to the shelter and outreach center.
Parents are provided valuable insight through these works of art which help them see what the world has been like through the eyes of their children.