Responding to Crisis
For most of us, the word “home” conjures images of warmth, happiness, and a sense of belonging. But what if the only place you had to call home was where someone was causing you and your children harm? What if home didn’t exist at all, and the only way to keep your children off the street was to sleep in a car or beg friend after friend for a couch? These situations affect more Arlingtonians than you might imagine, and Doorways’ first priority is to provide our most vulnerable neighbors with an immediate and long-term path to safety.
As a first priority, the program staff and volunteers ensure that all callers in immediate danger are provided with crisis intervention and safety planning. The Hotline is also the gateway to the Doorways’ Safehouse for women and families who are fleeing imminent danger. In addition, program staff and volunteers provide comprehensive information on local resources, referrals and other wrap-around services. This vital information helps callers become more knowledgeable about the dynamics of domestic violence, as well as learn about additional resources that are available to them in the community. Read more about our hotline.
Survivors of sexual assault need immediate psychological and medical care, as well as guidance about the criminal and legal options available to them. Doorways hospital accompaniment program offers trained staff and volunteers, available 24 hours a day, to provide in-person support and guidance in this particularly difficult time. Read more about hospital accompaniment.
Securing legal protections is a critical component of immediate and long-term safety. Since 2005, Doorways Court Advocacy program has offered survivors with support, guidance and expertise in the legal aspects of safety from domestic violence. Read more about our court advocate program.