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Domestic Violence Program

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Janet's Story

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Program Philosophy:  The Salvation Army Domestic Violence Program provides 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.
If you are in immediate danger call 911
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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?
Call our 24-Hour hotline if you or someone you know needs help: 214-424-7208
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24-hour Crisis Hotline: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 214-424-7208
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
If you are in immediate danger call 911
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.
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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
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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).
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Financial Contribution
$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
Hygiene items
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!
When you make a gift to The Salvation Army, please ask your company to match it. Many companies will also make a monetary donation for each volunteer hour the employee gives to the community.
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The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 190105
Dallas, TX 75219
24-Hour Local Hotline: 214-424-7208
Non-residential Services: 214-424-7239
Fax: 214-424-7211
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