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To support, identify options and advocate for those who have experienced domestic violence and to serve as a catalyst for social change.
HOTLINE: Available 24 hours a day, WHBW hotline workers can be reached at (802) 658-1996 or 1-800-ABUSE-95. This free, confidential Hotline is available to abuse victims and their family, friends, colleagues, service providers and other concerned members of their community. The Hotline provides emotional support and options counseling, referral for their emergency shelter and shelter screening, crisis intervention, information about domestic violence, safety planning, referrals and follow-up services. WHBW answered nearly 4000 hotline calls in FY 2006 with an average of 29 new women calling the hotline each month.
SHELTER & HOUSING SERVICES: WHBW provides short-term emergency shelter and safe homes to battered women and their children who are in imminent danger of abuse and who cannot otherwise be safely housed. WHBW advocates also create individualized housing search plans for battered women in shelter and throughout the community. The Shelter Program also assists women in planning for life beyond shelter. WHBW provided shelter to 88 women and 69 children for a total of 2,962 bednights in FY 2006.
CHILDREN & YOUTH SERVICES: WHBW advocates for the rights and needs of children and youth in shelter and in the community. WHBW offers shelter-based and schools-based therapeutic playgroups for children impacted by violence. 383 children and youth participated in playgroups and received individual support, shelter and advocacy in FY 2006.
SUPPORT GROUPS: Weekly groups for currently and formerly battered women are open to women in shelter and the community. Childcare is provided. 94 women attended at least one support group in FY 2006.
LEGAL ADVOCACY: To support victims in making informed decisions, WHBW staff provide information about district and family court and the legal process and advocates for and with victims throughout the criminal and civil court process. 1050 adults and children were assisted in filing relief from abuse orders in FY 2006.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION: WHBW staff offer presentations to the community around issues of domestic abuse including teen dating violence, the effects of battering on children, effective strategies to support victims and survivors, and services available to victims. Over 3,422 community members participated in more than 135 workshops and outreach events in FY 2006.
WHBW served 5,553 individuals last year.
ECONOMIC JUSTICE SERVICES: These services work to address the economic and housing issues that are encouneterd by victims of domestic violence. Economic Justice services include a transitional housing program as well.