|WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?|
|WHAT IS BATTERING?|
|WHO IS BATTERED?|
|HOW CAN I GET HELP?|
|WHAT IF I'M NOT READY TO LEAVE YET?|
|HOW DO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS FIND US?|
|WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON'T HAVE SPACE?|
|WHAT HAPPENS AFTER SHELTER STAY?|
|HOW CAN I HELP?|
|DOES YOUR AGENCY OFFER TRAINING?|
The Lodge is an innovative facility that provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The 40-bed, 10-crib facility provides refuge and crisis intervention to battered women and their children when home is not a safe place. The shelter is open 24 hours a day. 365 days a year and is almost always full to capacity.
Outreach services are available to victims who are not interested in entering shelter. The outreach staff safety plan with participants, provide counseling, case management and support groups. Outreach staff assists women in the community complete legal paperwork and file for injunctions for protections. Staff also provides referral to legal providers, employment services and housing programs. Follow up counseling and referral services are available to those who have already been through a shelter and just need some additional support. Our outreach advocates are a lifeline and a friend. Their work takes them all over Miami-Dade County and beyond.
VRI assists participants in filing for injunctions for protection when necessary. Advocates are available to accompany participants to injunction, dependency and criminal hearings for support. Referrals are made to legal services, such as Legal Aid, when requested.
S.T.A.M.P. – Students Teaming to Affect Media Positively
The Lodge is getting ready to launch S.T.A.M.P. Primary Prevention Program. S.T.A.M.P. will launch this October at Cushman Middle School. The purpose of this program is to prevent domestic violence and promote healthy relationships in school age children by raising awareness of violence through media literacy.
F.R.E.E. – Financial Relief Economic Empowerment
Victims of domestic violence often make several attempts to leave an abusive partner and are forced to return for economic reasons. Economic self-sufficiency is frequently the difference between violence and safety for many victims. Domestic violence advocates must be prepared to address many of the economic issues that victims face, and facilitate opportunities for victims to learn how they can improve their economic situation. Issues such as budgeting, identity theft, banking, predatory lending, violence in the workplace, housing, and credit, all play a role in ending domestic violence.
In 2009 The Lodge will begin recruiting participants for F.R.E.E. which will be an 8 week program offered 4 times during the year in which participants will learn the basic principles of debt management. F.R.E.E. will be offered to women who are victims of domestic violence who are living at The Lodge or who are participating at The Lodge’s Outreach Program. If you would like to become a F.R.E.E participant, please contact us at 305-693-0232.
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