If you are experiencing domestic violence, know who to call.
National Crisis Hotline
Georgia’s Crisis Hotline
Abuse is a pattern of behaviors one person uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner. Many people assume abuse means that physical violence is happening, but that’s not always the case! Abuse comes in many forms—it’s not just physical. Explore the behaviors below to learn a few of the common types of abuse so you can better identify them. Experiencing even one or two of these warning signs in a relationship is a red flag that abuse may be present. Remember, each type of abuse is serious and no one deserves to experience abuse of any kind.
Wayne County Protective Agency, Inc. d/b/a Fair Haven is dedicated to offering a high-quality 24-hour emergency shelter along with comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence and their children. Our mission extends beyond shelter provision; we actively engage in community education to break the cycle of abuse. Through preventive education, awareness events, and public speaking engagements with schools, civic groups, and partner agencies, we strive to foster communities equipped with knowledge, courage, and compassion to address domestic violence issues. Fair Haven works towards reducing the impact of domestic violence by advocating for the rights of victimized women and their children.
Our safety planning service is continuous throughout a family's participation in the program. Victims, along with their children, collaboratively develop an initial safety plan to address their unique circumstances. We ensure the implementation of the plan and conduct ongoing evaluations to adapt to evolving situations. As families transition out of the program, a comprehensive safety plan tailored to their current needs is established to support their ongoing well-being.
Fair Haven's Community Awareness program actively promotes our organization in Wayne, Appling, and Jeff Davis Counties. We are committed to increasing awareness about domestic violence by offering resources, speaking engagements, community engagement, and hosting events and fundraisers. Our goal is to amplify the conversation on domestic violence, spread advocacy, and ensure that the community is well-informed about the resources available for support.
At Fairhaven Jesup, our dedicated children's advocate conducts individual assessments for each child, assessing their verbal communication skills, which are typically at an average level of 2.5 years. We meticulously plan, develop, and implement activities, continuously evaluating progress. Regular communication with parents ensures that information about the child's development and any concerns are promptly relayed. Our overarching goal in children's services is to minimize the trauma experienced by children who have witnessed domestic violence, employing the LOVE IS RESPECT teaching model.
Our advocacy services cover a range of crucial areas for victims, including child custody support, economic security, housing, job education, and health services. We assist with legal matters like Temporary Protective Orders (TPOs) and court proceedings. Social advocacy includes personalized assessments, connecting individuals with community services, and facilitating assistance in medical, mental health, education, and housing. Our support extends to transportation needs for childcare, employment, and essential services.
Ongoing throughout a family's shelter stay and follow-up post-exit, our staff, including childcare advocates, provide parent support using the Parenting Initiative DVD series and Parents as Teachers. Weekly support groups and off-site parenting classes at SKYLARK cover topics related to domestic violence, increasing awareness and preventing future occurrences. Participation is encouraged but not mandatory.
Our safe shelter provides a secure, sanitary, and confidential environment, attending to all family needs. A CJCC-funded case manager offers support, and follow-up services are available to all families upon request. Additionally, our shelter includes a "Pet Palace," allowing victims to house their pets during their stay, ensuring the well-being of every family member. Post-shelter, the outreach coordinator continues to provide vital assistance, addressing minor setbacks to maintain the progress of families.