We Advocate For Domestic Violence Survivors
Every dollar invested in LifeWire is an investment in a family’s future.
Last year, 100% of the survivors we served strengthened their skills and strategies to support the on-going safety of themselves and their children.
Our trained advocates partner with survivors on their unique and individual journeys to gaining renewed strength and empowerment. We take the time to listen to survivors’ needs and help them identify resources that will enable them to build safer lives. By tailoring our support to each survivor, we are able to truly respond to survivors’ unique barriers, challenges and goals.
meeting survivors’ needs
We offer a wide array of programs and services that help survivors heal from domestic violence.
Our 24-Hour Helpline is staffed by trained advocates who provide support, options and resources to domestic violence survivors, their families and members of the broader community. Advocates and volunteers answered 11,050 calls last year on our 24-Hour Helpline, totaling more than 30 calls per day.
LifeWire staff delivers survivor-driven advocacy through safety planning, resource referral, advocacy and support to hundreds of survivors each year, based on what each survivor identifies is important and needed. Nearly 100% of the domestic violence survivors we served in 2016 developed a strategy to achieve their own personal goals.
Through weekly support groups led by trained LifeWire advocates, adults, teens and children learn that the violence and abuse they’ve experienced isn’t okay. Most importantly, they learn that they’re not alone. In the last two years, the number of teens who regularly attend LifeWire’s weekly support group – VOICES – has doubled. We’ve expanded our staff and enhanced our weekly support groups to meet this increased demand for youth services in our community.
Mental Health Therapy
LifeWire offers mental health therapy for survivors of domestic violence. Mental health therapy can be key to increasing each survivor’s ability to heal from the emotional and often traumatizing effects of domestic violence. In 2016, LifeWire served 111 survivors of domestic violence with mental health therapy.
Our Legal Advocate partners with local pro bono attorneys to offer survivors legal advocacy and guidance in obtaining Domestic Violence Protection Orders, filing for divorce or child custody, developing parenting plans with former partners and many other legal procedures.
- More than 2,981 hours of legal advocacy were provided to survivors of domestic violence and their families in 2016.
- Nationally, 83% of survivors represented by attorneys successfully obtain protection orders, compared to only 32% without attorneys.
Your support makes a profound difference in the lives of domestic violence survivors and their children. Together, we support survivors as they reach their full potential and thrive.