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Domestic Violence

The Spencer County Sheriff’s Office wants to raise the public’s awareness about domestic violence to help make Spencer County a safer community. For non emergency questions or concerns call (502) 477-3231. For emergencies call 911.

Domestic Violence – Services Available

24 Hour Crisis Line (877-803-7577) – This number is staffed with certified Domestic Violence Counselors, trained to offer crisis counseling, support, referrals and other information about domestic violence.

Emergency Shelter - Shelter offers a safe place for women and their children to escape from the threat of violence and begin their healing process.

Transitional Housing - A second step in the shelter program, these facilities are available for people who are leaving the shelter, but who are not yet able to relocate independently.

Hospital Advocacy - Available 24 hours a day, advocates meet victims of domestic violence in the emergency rooms of area hospitals to immediately begin offering the support and services of the Center for Women and Families.

Legal Advocacy – Advocates are available to explain the legal process and offer emotional support by being present with the client in court.

Safety Planning – Provides support regarding decision making.

Counseling – Available to resident and non-resident victims of domestic violence, this support helps the victim regain self-esteem and make decisions about their life.

Casework – Provides a linkage to legal options, financial aid, employment and permanent housing.

Children’s Services – The goal is to teach children that violence is not okay and that it is not their fault, to help improve their self image and communication skills and to teach them ways to be safe.

Domestic Violence – What Can I Do?

Although it may not seem like it, there are many options and resources for a victim of a violent relationship and those who are trying to help them. The following are just a few of these options:

If you are a victim of domestic violence….

  • Tell someone you trust. It is not easy to admit that you are being abused. However, acting on your decisions is easier when you have support.
  • Safety Planning. Essentially, this means being aware of your surroundings and planning where to go and what to do in the case of a violent incident.
  • File for a Protective Order. While this is not a coat of armor, disobeying any part of this order can cause your perpetrator to spend time in jail.
  • Seek counseling. This can help you raise your self-esteem, make decisions about your life and understand that you are not to blame for what happened.
  • Seek shelter. If you are in fear for your physical safety, go to a friend’s, a relative’s, a neighbor’s or to a shelter for victims of domestic violence.

If someone you know is a victim of domestic violence….

  • Know available resources. Be aware of what services are available at the agencies in that person’s area. Keep their phone numbers readily accessible.
  • Tell them you care. Let them know that you are concerned for their safety and the safety of their children. Make sure they know that you are available to them when they are ready.
  • Don’t judge or criticize. Victims must move at their own pace when making a decision to leave.

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