Our programs range from legal assistance to therapy, making Hope House much more than just a shelter.
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We realize that each domestic violence survivor is unique, which is why we’re focused on providing a wide range of programs and services that enable each person to find safety and start the recovery process.
Two emergency shelter facilities provide 122 beds for female survivors and their children. Male survivors and/or families with adult male dependents are placed off-site. The goals of the shelter program are to enable survivors to rebuild their lives, achieve self-sufficiency and live free of abuse. Hope House strives to educate and empower domestic violence survivors so they may gain confidence and a sense of self-worth. For those affected to make a successful transition to life outside the shelter, Hope House utilizes a strengths-based philosophy in case management services that partner survivors with an advocate to work together in setting and attaining goals.
Recognizing the strong relationship between domestic violence and mental health, Hope House offers comprehensive therapeutic services at no cost. Clinical services are geared toward assisting survivors in healing from the trauma of violence, regaining a sense of empowerment and recovering a sense of self. Therapeutic interventions represent an important aspect of the holistic services the agency provides to break the abuse cycle.
Individual and group therapy are available to any person, child or adult, who has been affected by domestic violence. This includes those still in abusive relationships, as well as those who have left their abusers. Hope House does not offer or advocate couple or family counseling with the abuser.
Hope House is deeply rooted in the Kansas City community and by working with local law enforcement, therapists, and hospitals, is able to provide a variety of programs to survivors of all ages on their journey to safety and normalcy. We recognize that survivors escaping domestic violence face new and unfamiliar situations and having access to the right people at the right time can make all the difference in the world. Below is an in-depth look at our six outreach programs.
With a goal to hold offenders accountable and keep survivors safe, the Court Advocacy Program has built a coordinated community response to domestic violence and put a spotlight on offender behavior and accountability. Court advocates attend 13 area courts, including Order of Protection Court; work directly with seven local police departments to identify and hold persistent offenders accountable; participate in coordinated community councils; and provide ongoing training for local police departments, local police academy recruits, prosecutors and community members. Court advocates are available to survivors throughout the civil and criminal court process. They provide education about the dynamics of abusive relationships; discuss services available at Hope House; and assist survivors with safety planning, including filing for orders of protection.
In conjunction with other local domestic violence agencies, Hope House offers the BridgeSPAN ("Safe Patient Advocacy Network") Program in area hospitals and healthcare facilities. Through this project, Hope House and partnering healthcare facilities have established domestic violence task forces consisting of key medical personnel and domestic violence agency representatives in each collaborating hospital. They work to train medical staff to screen patients for domestic violence, provide face-to-face advocacy services to identified domestic violence survivors seeking medical care, and offer advocacy and supportive services to hospital and clinical personnel who are survivors of domestic violence. With permission, advocates provide follow-up calls to clients who receive advocacy services to remind them of the resources available, answer questions and provide additional assistance.
Adults and children who have escaped violent homes are not necessarily safe once they leave. Separation and divorce, which can be long and emotionally trying processes, can create a risk of danger to custodial parents and children. To allow children safe access to their noncustodial parents, Hope House offers the Guardian Program, a safe exchange and monitored visitation program. Parents are referred to the program through courts, social service agencies or self-referral. Parents are in rooms with sight and sound separation, and children are escorted from the custodial parent to the noncustodial parent by program staff. The Independence Police Department provides off-duty police officers to monitor and safeguard the center and custodial parents during operating hours, and trained visitation supervisors observe play and interaction between the children and noncustodial parents. Observation forms and progress notes are completed for each visit, ensuring safe and healthy visits.
Hope House provides a comprehensive children’s program that offers services for at-risk children and youths from violent homes. Using individual and group activities that promote cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development, the Children’s Advocacy Program focuses on issues unique to children who have been exposed to violence, such as self-esteem, safety planning, conflict resolution skills, and healthy ways of managing emotions. The program also provides opportunities for families to engage in positive experiences with one another by regularly offering structured family recreational activities. Children’s advocates provide case management services such as assistance with obtaining immunizations and ensuring that children are enrolled in and have transportation to school. The centers provide children with the opportunity to be children — to laugh and play without worrying about their safety — a crucial element in the healing process for children who have been exposed to domestic violence.
Transitional and Permanent Housing
These programs are designed to assist survivors who no longer need emergency services and help them concentrate on finding and maintaining safe and affordable housing for themselves and their children. Housing advocates assess the housing needs of survivors, assist survivors in securing and maintaining permanent housing, offer financial assistance, and provide a variety of advocacy and supportive services to meet the varying needs of survivors.
This fully operational program ensures that survivors of domestic violence have equal access to justice in the civil legal system and an affordable, competent attorney who is well versed in the complex issues of domestic violence by providing representation in civil legal matters arising from domestic violence. Specifically, this includes protective order hearings, civil proceedings related to paternity, protective custody, child support, child custody, divorce, legal separation and change of name petitions. Program staff also make referrals for other legal needs such as access to unemployment benefits, immigration matters and housing.
WOMEN & CHILDREN MAY STAY AT ONE TIME