Women in Distress of Broward County - Shelter, Outreach
P.O. Box 676
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Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302
Class of Housing: Women's shelter and outreach.
Women's shelter and outreach.
24-Hour Crisis Line (English and Spanish): 1-800-500-1119.
Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc. currently operates a 100 bed, 24-hour emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children. Survivors who are no longer safe in their homes can find a safe haven at Women In Distress. Shelter services include safe housing, crisis intervention, therapy and advocacy assistance. Women In Distress is committed to serving all living in unsafe situations because of domestic violence including those with special needs. WID services are also available to male survivors and those with disabilities. Through our shelter program, victims of domestic violence and their children are stabilized in a safe environment and provided with supportive services, helping participants to build and sustain independence in a violence-free life. Women In Distress’ services are geared to address individual needs and empower participants to establish independence.
Outreach Services is divided into three specialized components: Advocacy, Children and Therapy. These services are provided at Women In Distress' Jim & Jan Moran Family Center and at satellite office locations in Plantation and Coconut Creek, as well as, community partner agencies such as the Broward County Courthouse, Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center, Hallandale Police Department, Family Success Center, Gay and Lesbian Community Center, Broward County Jail Facility, and Spectrum Programs, among others. Victims of domestic violence voluntarily choose the services they wish to receive. In addition, children are assessed for abuse and basic needs within 72 hours of their arrival at the shelter and when children’s services are sought at the Family Center. With parental permission, WID offers children’s counseling to children ages 4-17. Whether or not these children are the targets of physical violence, they may be traumatized by their experiences and observations, which can result in a wide variety of emotional and behavioral problems. WID also provides free respite care which provides safe supervision to the children of those receiving counseling services.
The Children’s Program at Women In Distress provides a variety of services to children ages 4-17, such as: respite care, parenting, children’s groups and individual counseling. These services are provided at the Jim and Jan Moran Family Center and in shelter. While participants receive services, their children are entertained in a child friendly, safe environment which WID refers to as Respite. Respite staff provides a schedule of activities for the children such as: arts & crafts, puppet shows, movies, and other related child activities. Our staff engages about 300 children each month in activities that foster social skills. WID also provides counseling to children in shelter and coming to the Family Center. We offer children’s groups, individual counseling, and parenting classes. Rapport building, anger management, play sessions, and counseling games are some of the tools WID uses to help children who have experienced domestic violence. Last year, over 1,000 children received such services, helping them explore their feelings and begin to heal.
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