24-HOUR CRISIS LINE:
Victims who need information, crisis counseling, or safe shelter can call the Center's 24-hour crisis number: 706-375-7630 or 800-334-2836. Collect calls are accepted.
The Family Crisis Center offers safe temporary shelter for victims or potential victims of Domestic Violence.
The Family Crisis Center offers support group meetings to victims of Domestic Violence who are seeking violence-free lives. Victims who are currently in abusive relationships and those who have left the relationship are encouraged to attend. We offer day, night, and weekend group meetings.
Children's groups include orientation to the program, structured activities, and secure play space. Activities are planned for the purposes of emphasizing feelings and adjusting to shelter environment, developing conflict resolution skills, building positive socialization skills, educating on the subject of health and safety issues, and building self-esteem.
FINGERPRINTING FOR CHILDREN:
Children are fingerprinted. Fingerprints are kept in the child's file.
Residents create their own safety plan with assistance from the Case Manager. Safety planning is discussed in some group meetings.
Victims are referred to different agencies in the Community. Referrals are based on the individual needs of the victim.
All victims of Domestic Violence will be provided with information on their legal option. Staff members are available to assist victims with the completion and filing of a Temporary Protective Order and will guide them through the legal process. Staff is to accompany victims through the process, as much as possible.
PARENTING CLASSES/LIFE SKILLS:
Parenting classes will be provided for residents to enhance their parenting skills. The classes will include appropriate discipline (based on the ages of children) and other issues dealing with parenting.
Transportation will be provided while at the Center for necessary appointments.
All information is kept confidential unless the Family Crisis Center is subpoenaed by a court of law.
SUPPORT AND FOLLOW UP:
Victims will receive staff support while at the Center and this support will continue for six months after relocating, with their permission.
Staff go to schools within our four county areas and presents information to the students on domestic violence issues. Question and answer time is provided.
The Family Crisis Center takes various steps to educate the surrounding communities on domestic violence issues. We are available to speak at various clubs and organizations, appear on local TV programs, set up displays at different events to hand out cards, brochures and answer questions. We are also available to train different agencies in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit.
If monies are available, FCC will assist victims with deposits for utilities and rent.
FAMILY VIOLENCE ADVOCATE:
Assist TANF applicants for eligibility for the Family Violence Waiver. The Advocate serves as a resource for information and coordination of services available in the community to keep victims of domestic violence and their children safe and on a path to self-sufficiency. The Advocate will assist the victim with relocation, securing deposits, etc.
The Family Crisis Center provides a Counselor to meet individually with residents and to conduct support group meeting.
FAMILY VIOLENCE INTERVENTION PROGRAM: (FVIP)
Outreach Advocates serve as victim liaisons. The Victim Liaison is the contact person for the victim whose offender is court ordered to attend the Family Violence Intervention Program.
ATTIC TREASURES #1 and #2 – THRIFT STORE
Residents/clients can be issued vouchers to the thrift store to get needed items. There is no charge. One is located in LaFayette and the other is in Summerville.