Domestic Violence Program
Domestic abuse or intimate partner violence is the use of power and control within an intimate relationship that threatens a person’s emotional or physical well being. Prevail believes all people deserve to life free of fear in their own homes.
We consider abuse to be any use of power over an intimate partner:
Red Flags of Abuse:
- Verbal Abuse
- Animal Cruelty
- Unrealistic Expectations
- Rigid Gender Roles
From one-on-one safety planning to ongoing support groups. Prevail offers services FREE OF CHARGE to families who have experienced or are living with violence and abuse. We also offer coinciding services for children who been witnesses to family violence.
Advocates at Prevail can also respond to the hospital if an individual has experienced physical or sexual abuse which includes injury. Sometimes this might mean that the individual will have a Sexual Assault Nurse Exam. Advocates at Prevail are trained to understand the steps of this exam and want to help the individual to understand the process. Additionally, advocates can provide emotional support, safety planning, and connections to community resources to help individuals and families experiencing this crisis.
When an individual comes to Prevail, they have the opportunity to create goals for what they want to change in their life. Sometimes goals are physical needs - including housing or employment. Other goals are emotional, such as learning how to manage feelings about the abuse or improving communication between family members. Prevail’s Adult Advocates seek to support each individual in achieving their goals.
A primary goal of Prevail’s services is to increase safety for individual seeking services. This includes physical, emotional, and technology safety. Creating a specific safety plan with each individual is a priority at Prevail. After creating a safety plan, advocates will continue to converse with clients to try to continue to increase and/or maintain safety. Safety plans can include what to do during an incident, how to properly document ongoing incidents of concern, identification of support people, individual rights, protective order information, coping mechanisms to use to calm down in a stressful environment, and more.