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 advocates partner with survivors on their unique and individual journeys to gaining renewed strength and empowerment. We listen to survivors as they describe their 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 services that help survivors heal from domestic violence.
Our 24-Hour Helpline is staffed by 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.
Our advocates deliver survivor-driven advocacy on a one-on-one basis – including safety planning, resource referral and support – to hundreds of survivors each year. 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 LifeWire advocates – adult, teen and child survivors of domestic violence 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.
Our Legal Advocacy Coordinator partners with local attorneys to offer survivors pro bono consultation and legal advocacy in obtaining Domestic Violence Protection Orders, filing for divorce or child custody, developing parenting plans with former partners and with many other legal procedures. Last year, LifeWire provided 981 hours of legal advocacy to survivors and their families.
Mental Health Therapy
LifeWire offers one-on-one mental health therapy for survivors and their children, which can be key to increasing each survivor’s ability to heal from the emotional and often traumatizing effects of domestic violence. From 2015 to 2016, we more than doubled the number of children receiving one-on-one mental health therapy.
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.