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’s mission is to provide a quality 24-hour emergency shelter with comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and their children, as well as educate the community on such efforts to stop the cycle of abuse. Reducing domestic violence will be furthered by preventive education, awareness events, and public speaking to schools, civic groups, and partner agencies to foster communities that turn toward the issues of domestic violence with knowledge, courage, and compassion. Fair Haven reduces the impact of domestic violence by promoting the rights of victimized women and their children.``
This service is ongoing while family is in the program. Safety plan is created by victim with children to create initial safety plan. Implementation and ongoing evaluation occur. Upon exit family safety plan with family's current needs are put in place.
Fair Haven’s Outreach and Education program targets domestic violence victims in Wayne, Appling, and Jeff Davis Counties who do not need emergency shelter but are living with or in domestic violence.
Child assessment is conducted by children's advocate for each child with verbal communication average of 2.5 years. Activities are planned, developed, implemented, evaluated and information progress and concerns are relayed to the parent. Goal of children's services is to reduce trauma the child has endured due to witnessing domestic violence using the LOVE IS RESPECT teaching model.
The director of operations provides victims with initial counsel. Services provided are child custody.support, family economic security, housing,job education and health services. TPO's , warrants and court. Social advocacy includes individualized assessment, eligible community service agencies are identified, assistance requested. Medical. mental, educational and housing assistance are procured through the service plan. transportation needs are implemented through the service plan to provide travel to and from appointments. childcare, employment and essential service.
This service is ongoing during the family's stay at the emergency shelter and continues during followup after exit. Parent support is provided by all staff and the childcare advocate through the use of parenting initiative DVD series where discussion takes place afterwards and through use of PARENTS SD TEACHERS. Parent support groups are facilitated by the childcare advocate and parenting classes are offered off site at SKYLARK. Groups are provided in-shelter and off-site weekly that are encouraged of victims but are not mandatory. Topics are related to domestic violence which increases victims awareness of the social problem to decrease the future occurrence of DV.
Safe shelter is provided. This is safe, secure, sanitary, and confidential. All family needs are provided. A case manager is provided by CJCC funded case manager. After leaving the shelter, followup services are provide to all families if the desire and all do request it. The outreach manger provides this vital service to assist with minor setbacks before they become major and derail the family's progress.