The James House Intervention/Prevention Services
James House helps survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking to become healthy & safe.
James House provided safety planning, counseling, emergency shelter, and hotline crisis intervention for 1,774 women, men and children who experienced sexual violence, domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse, child abuse or neglect, or stalking in the Greater Tri-Cities, Fort Lee & Chesterfield County in 2020. In the nexus of the COVID-19 community crisis, we offered free counseling resources to general community members who also support during these more challenging times. Our emergency shelter has been full since June of 2020 and while experiencing over $100,000 in increased program costs, we have found creative ways to provide shelter for survivors & many others. Domestic violence and homelessness often go hand in hand and our services, especially safe shelter, are in such high demand. At a time when we opened our doors to more people, we have now experienced a significant cut to the federal grant that supports our program. We need help to continue offering life-altering services.
James House received a significant cut to our budget that will now decrease the number of women, men, and children who will receive services at such a critical time in their lives. Your support of our program with $25,000 could provide 125 community members a safe place to lay their head, 200 women or men and their affected children advocacy services, where they will receive free counseling, group therapy, art therapy, basic needs, and 1 on 1 support through their healing journey, and 3,000 community members will learn about healthy relationships, how to protect themselves, and learn about free services available for all people. We offer full services in English and Spanish & translation in many languages. We fill community members with hope, offering them the resources to become healthy, safe, and self-sufficient. With your support, we will utilize volunteers to assist with our mission and can work with an additional 50 volunteers to further our potential reach in the community.
Our goal is to reduce the incidences and impact of abuse & neglect including sexual abuse, domestic violence, dating abuse, and stalking on women, men and children survivors through the provision of trauma-informed, culturally relevant, fully accredited intervention services and evidence-based prevention programming for all people, including military families, Spanish speaking families, & elders. People participating in these programs will be better equipped to overcome the impact of domestic/sexual violence and abuse/neglect. By participating in individual counseling, support groups, case management, trauma-informed clinical therapy and/or our outreach events or prevention programming, survivors will improve their self-esteem, learn about healthy boundaries, explore age-appropriate coping strategies, and begin to develop the resiliency they need to ultimately live healthier, happier, more productive lives, also understanding the effect of the COVID-19 crisis trauma on their healing.