The philosophy of the Domestic Violence Program is to provide immediate, safe and secure shelter. We further support victims by providing them with on-site, services that help them plan for long term safety, security and stability.
We’re here for you 24/7. Call our HOTLINE if you or someone you know needs help at 214-424-7208. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
38% of Texas women—more than 1 in 3 – have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetime (Texas Council on Family Violence).
More than 27% of young adults have been victims of physical dating violence. However, if these figures included emotional and verbal abuse the percentage of those affected would rise to almost 50% (Texas Council on Family Violence).
Women with disabilities are 40% more likely to experience intimate partner violence – especially severe violence than women without disabilities (American Psychological Association).
Domestic Violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families (National Coalition for the Homelessness).
Signs of Abuse
What is abuse? Domestic violence goes beyond physical abuse. The Duluth Model of Power and Control demonstrates the many ways a victim may experience abuse.
Does your partner?
- Embarrass you with put-downs?
- Look at you or act in ways that scare you?
- Control what you do, who you see or talk to or where you go?
- Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?
- Take your money, make you ask for money or refuse to give you money?
- Make all of the decisions?
- Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away or hurt your children?
- Prevent you from working or attending school?
- Act like the abuse is no big deal, it’s your fault, or even denies doing it?
- Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?
- Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?
- Shove you, slap you, choke you, or hit you?
- Force you to drop charges?
- Threaten to commit suicide?
- Threaten to kill you?
Safe Shelter includes meals, clothing, hygiene and other personal items.
Client Advocacy provides comprehensive support, including community referrals and access to available resources to help clients gain independence.
Individual, Family, and Group Therapy addresses issues related to domestic violence education, self-esteem, trauma, parenting, independence, and healthy relationships.
Children’s Services provides a supportive environment where children can build their self-esteem, understand the choices they can make to promote personal safety, and learn to creatively express their emotions through art and play.
Safety Planning prepares the client, in advance of leaving a dangerous situation, to help minimize injuries and increase protection.
Legal Advocacy provides support, information, and court accompaniment, including assistance with protective orders, civil, criminal and other court matters, enhancing the safety of survivors and their children.
Life Skills/ Education Classes are facilitated by staff and trained volunteers to help clients learn the necessary skills to navigate the world, deal with money and interact with other people. Topics include: stress management, financial education, time management, communication skills, critical thinking skills, etc.
Non-Residential Services provides advocacy and therapy services to individuals and families seeking domestic violence assistance but have their basic shelter needs met.
“They gave me hope. They gave me refuge…These people held my hand; they helped me, when my own family wouldn’t help me.They kept me safe… By the grace of God I’m still here. They saved my life. They actually saved my life.” – Roberta
“I am a stronger woman now. This place was the best that has happened to me.” -Anonymous
“Building Healthy Relationships was my favorite group of all. While the Dynamics of Domestic Violence [group] teaches you a lot about where you come from, Building Healthy Relationships teaches you where you want to go… I am a better person than I have ever been in my entire life because of the experiences I encountered while at The Salvation Army.” – Pamela
“I have shelter, a job, and a safe place for my boys. I feel free to create the life I always wanted.” – Gabriela
- Texas Council on Family Violence
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
- National Coalition against Domestic Violence
- National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
- LoveIsRespect.org (Teen Dating Violence)
How You Can Help
$2,500 provides essential services for a family fleeing domestic violence including their 45-days in shelter, therapy and advocacy services.
$555 provides three hot meals per day for all shelter residents for one week.
$75 provides for a child’s birthday celebration.
New socks and underwear
New linens and towels
Service projects: make-over a client bedroom in the shelter
Teach a class: share your professional knowledge during a life skills class
Work in the community garden: plant flowers!