The Houston Area Women’s Center helps individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence in their efforts to move their lives forward. We provide shelter, counseling and advocacy to support them in building lives free from the effects of violence. We seek social change to end domestic and sexual violence through community awareness and education. Our services are confidential and available to everyone.
Our two 24-hour hotlines provide hope and a lifeline to services 365 days a year in over 150 languages. In 2014, our hotline advocates received a staggering 40,680 domestic violence and 4,184 sexual assault calls.
Shelter & Support Services
For women and children fleeing abusive households, offering safe shelter is a crucial part of our work. Even more important: providing an environment that helps survivors feel safe and allows them to heal and build new lives free from violence. In 2014, our doors were open for 1,315 women and 868 children.
Counseling & Advocacy Services
Letting survivors know that they are not alone and that help is available is a fundamental part of our work. Our group and individual counseling services help survivors overcome trauma and move their lives forward. In 2014, 8,576 adult survivors and 3,177 child/youth survivors of domestic and sexual violence accessed our services.
Children’s Court Services
For more than 30 years, this program has assisted children who must testify in court – either as witnesses to a crime, or as victims. Our court advocates educate, counsel, and support children and their non-offending family members as they prepare for the court process. In 2014, we helped 450 children and 2,108 caregivers seek justice and closure.
Lack of safe, affordable housing can be a major factor in determining a survivor’s ability to leave an abusive situation and seek a pathway to independence. In 2014, our supportive housing program provided assistance to 979 survivors as they transitioned to safety and self-reliance.
Community Education & Outreach
Our programs provide a broad spectrum of educational and outreach services designed to teach community members how to recognize violence, how to respond to survivors, and how to prevent violence before it even starts. In 2014, our presentations and programs reached nearly 22,526 adults and students.
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