Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $749,999)
Established in 1977, CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence is the only domestic violence focused shelter in Franklin County providing safe haven and a 24-hour crisis and information hotline. CHOICES also offers counseling services and support groups, legal and community advocates, transitional housing, and domestic violence awareness and prevention education.
To achieve this goal, CHOICES will use a case management approach. The case managers will provide advocacy and individually tailored assistance to women and men who have been physically and/or emotionally abused by intimate partners. Also, childcare workers will provide on-site, short-term childcare for residents while they are in the facility. This ensures that parents do not have to meet with case managers and other support professionals with their children present.
The Shelter Advocates have the dual role of answering the CHOICES hotline and supporting all residents through the daily challenges of community living while the Youth Advocate supports parents and youth residents of the shelter by providing information and guidance about school, day care and summer activity options, enrollment and transportation.
- This project will launch a pilot Youth Advocate Leadership Program where college students will participate in a paid victim advocacy fellowship program serving traditionally marginalized communities.
- Expanding an Innovative Web-based Healing Hub to Increase Accessibility to Resources, Community, and Healing Tools for Victims of Gender-Based Crimes
- Enhancing services to male-identified victims and survivors of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.