During this public health crisis NAM is committed to keeping the Family Violence Center open. Please call the 24 hour hotline.
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Northwest Assistance Ministries' Family Violence Center has planned several projects to draw awareness to this ever growing plaque that is infecting our community.
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The Family Violence Center is dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence by assisting victims of domestic and sexual violence through crisis intervention, long-term support services, and through community violence and awareness prevention education.
The hope for a better life and the courage to take the first step must come from within, but NAM’s Family Violence Center (FVC) provides the resources to help clients find safe places, and offers support and the services to begin again on new paths.
The FVC offers a variety of services to victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, including 24-hour hotline, telephone crisis counseling, access to emergency shelter, emergency food, clothing, transportation, medical assistance, professional counseling services for adults and their children, community outreach, information and referrals for battering intervention programs, as well as community and legal referrals.
When fleeing an abusive home, individuals often leave everything behind to enter a world of financial and emotional upheaval. NAM’s multiple social service programs meet their basic needs while they work through the physical and emotional trauma they have experienced. Caring volunteer Peer Advocates provide support to clients as they recover their strength and self-esteem, and begin the daunting task of moving toward self-reliance.
The FVC continues to offer innovative programming to meet the needs of our clients. Play Therapy and Art Therapy services are a part of our support services directed toward children and adolescents. As the needs of our clients continue to grow, support from our community allows the FVC to grow and meet those needs.
In partnership with the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), the FVC helps assure the safety of all household pets through the PetSafe Project. With a referral from a family violence shelter or program, the SPCA will keep families’ pets, free of charge, while family members at risk seek safe refuge.
Domestic violence cuts across all social, economic and educational lines. It affects all ages, ethnic groups and genders. Domestic violence has been identified as the number one reason for homelessness among women. Community education is an important tool in making our homes safer for all. NAM’s FVC provides a Speakers’ Bureau, teen dating seminars and evening domestic violence education meetings for English- and Spanish-speaking groups.
La esperanza de tener una vida mejor y el valor de dar el primer paso debe venir de sí mismo, pero el Centro de Violencia Familiar (FVC) de NAM proporciona los recursos para ayudar a los clientes encontrar lugares seguros y ofrece apoyo y los servicios para comenzar de nuevo.
El Centro de Violencia Familiar (FVC) ofrece una línea telefónica las 24 horas, asesoramiento de crisis telefónica, refugio de emergencia, acceso a refugio de emergencia, ropa, transporte, asistencia médica, servicios para adultos y sus hijos, alcance comunitario, información y referencias para programas de intervención de maltrato, policiales en la oficina, referencias legales y asesoramiento profesional de acompañamiento de corte.
Para utilizar a estos servicios simplemente llame a la línea de la FVC al (281) 885-4673.
Support the Purple Postcard Campaign
A purple postcard is a powerful way for Texans to send a strong united message to our legislators declaring that we stand with survivors and ask for full funding for services for victims of family violence. Purple Postcards from all over the state will send an amplified call to the Texas Legislature to support critical funding for family violence services. The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) will be delivering your postcard, along with others, directly to your legislators!
Current funding for family violence centers does not begin to address the dangerously growing capacity crisis. Last year, approximately 1 out of 2 survivors were turned away due to lack of space. Although shelters and programs maximize scarce resources to save lives, they’re still unable to support a significant number of survivors’ needs.
Without even enough funding for emergency services like shelter, programs lack the resources to meaningfully invest in prevention efforts in their communities and to offer the types of services, like legal and housing assistance, that help support survivors on the road to long-term stability for their families.
To make Texas communities safer, we must secure full funding for these vital support services.
This year the TCFV is excited to launch the “Supporting Survivors: No Postage Required” campaign—an easy and digital way to reach out to our legislators who make the critical decision about funding for family violence programs.
The goal is to collect and “deliver” one card for every one of the 71,000 strong survivors, who sought services from family violence programs in the past year. To do this we need over 71,000 cards so please help by completing a card!
Click here to complete the virtual postcard below and let your state representatives and senators know that fully funding these life-saving services should be a top priority this legislative session. Also, share this link far and wide to agency supporters, partners, friends, and family compete as well.
Take a tour of NAM's Family Violence Center
DATING WITH RESPECT VIRTUAL LEARNING
NAM's Family Violence Center is introducing its Dating with Respect Curriculum, for youth to learn about teen dating violence. We invite educators to contact us, to access the full virtual learning video! Watch the trailer below, or for more info call 281-885-4673.
Click to see thoughtful advice from our Family Violence Center Staff as they answer your questions.