Helping people heal from abuse as we work to end domestic violence and sexual assault through community, education, intervention, and primary prevention.
HAVEN is a non-profit 501 (c ) (3) organization committed to providing safety to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault. Supported by state and federal grants, United Way of Lee County, foundations, and the generosity of community members, churches, civic organizations, small businesses and large corporations, HAVEN works with partner organizations to help create violence-free relationships and a violence-free community. HAVEN is the only confidential violence prevention/sexual assault program and shelter serving all of Lee County. Originally incorporated in October, 1987 as The Lee County Family and Rape Crisis Center, HAVEN in Lee County came into existence when Articles of Amendment were approved by the Secretary of State in September, 1995.
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In 2012, HAVEN provided more than 7,500 services to more than 900 clients. Our clients that year were diverse — approximately 30% Caucasian, 37% African-American, 26% Hispanic and 7% biracial.
In fiscal year 2016-2017, HAVEN staff members and advocates took 44 sexual assault crisis calls and assisted 25 clients, including 2 children, regarding sexual assault.
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HAVEN: More Than Just A Building
Safe and free room and board for up to 90 days for women and their children as they leave violent homes and seek long-term housing
for HAVEN adult clients and individual sessions
and academic support for children
FAMILY SERVICES and SHELTER SERVICES CO-ORDINATORS:
referrals and case management
WEEKEND and NIGHT MANAGERS:
support and 24-hour crisis intervention
COMMUNITY EDUCATION, TRAINING, & OUTREACH:
– Presentations to local organizations
– Presenters: Victims’ Advocate, Executive Director
– Board of Directors: Presentations
– Volunteer Training
– Volunteer training:40-hour volunteer classes; shelter training, crisis intervention training, court advocacy
– Facilitators: Victims’ Advocate, Executive Director
COMMUNITY AWARENESS SAFETY EFFORTS:
– Raising Community Awareness in Sanford and Lee County about Domestic
– Violence and Sexual Assault
– Advertising/publicizing HAVEN’s services in local service areas and entertainment spots
– DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VIGIL in October, Domestic Violence Month
– SEXUAL ASSAULT VIGIL in April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month
– Hotline: 24 hours, 365 days for victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
– Victim Advocacy
– Crisis intervention
– Hospital accompaniment
– Referrals to other agencies
– Accompaniment to law enforcement
– Support at legal proceedings
– Access to professional counseling
– Case Management for each client and family, including aid in developing a long-term plan for sustaining independent and violence-free living.
– Courthouse/on-site aid for victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
– Guidance and support in obtaining Protective Orders, filing Victim’s Compensation claims
– Latino translation assistance to support Spanish-speaking victims
– MOVE: a program for perpetrators of violence