Serving individuals affected by domestic violence and sexual assault through crisis intervention, emergency shelter, outreach, advocacy, prevention and education.
The Shelter Program provides 30-day emergency stay for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children. The location is confidential, allowing for increased client safety during their stay. Open Arms is the only shelter in Hancock County that provides immediate, temporary housing for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and their children 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Open Arms will provide support to any survivor in their time of need by offering: accompaniment while receiving medical treatment and/or legal services, shelter, individual support and education for survivors, individual support and education for family and friends of survivors, as well as a 24-hour crisis hotline.
The Outreach Program offers group support, court accompaniment, professional training, awareness programs, individual education and support, and information and referrals.
The Child Advocacy Program offers group and individual support to any child or young adult who lives in Hancock County and has been affected by domestic violence. The Program also offers prevention education and community education.
The Violence Recovery Project is a group for individuals desiring to create a safe and healthy family through understanding, taking responsibility for and changing abusive behaviors. The program is geared toward anyone, male or female, who has inflicted some form of physical, sexual or emotional abuse against spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, children, parents or other relatives or people they live with. Individuals can attend voluntarily or by court order, referral from children services, probation officer or counselor.
Harmony House is a program offered in a comfortable environment that provides supervised visitation and exchanges. The need for supervised visitation or exchanges may be due to issues related to divorce or separation, child abuse, domestic violence, restraining orders between parties, threats, or other safety concerns.
In 1978 citizens and social service agency representatives united to form a Domestic Violence Task Force to determine the need for a domestic violence shelter in Hancock County. ● June 1981 shelter program accepted its first residents ● Outreach and support programs began in 1983 ● Rape Crisis services began in 1987 ● In light of changing laws the Offenders Program was initiated in 1989 ● In 1994 the agency added the Child Advocacy Program ● The Visitation and Exchange Program was opened in 1999
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