DVIP touches the lives of women and children that are victims of domestic violence in Johnson, Iowa, Cedar, Des Moines, Henry, Lee, Van Buren and Washington Counties. DVIP assists those families in several areas.
Crisis Intervention Services provides 24 hour crisis intervention services to victims of domestic violence and their family. Our 24-hour Hotline is answered by trained staff and volunteers to provide information, support and referrals. In addition to 24-hour phone support, DVIP staff and volunteers are available to accompany victims as they access community services such as the court system, law enforcement agencies and other social services. When immediate safety is a concern, DVIP provides shelter for women and their children. Our 15 bedroom shelter typically houses 35 women and children nightly.
Support and Advocacy Services DVIP also offers ongoing support services through counseling and support groups. This is an opportunity for victims of domestic violence to reflect on the impact of domestic violence in their lives and explore options for resolution based on their individual needs. Additional, ongoing support services may also be required as victims navigate criminal justice and social services.
Children make up half of our shelter's residents and a significant portion of our outreach services. DVIP staff and volunteers work to respond to children's immediate crisis needs, such as food, clothing, medical and school issues. Also critical are children's emotional and developmental needs, which are greatly impacted by witnessing domestic violence. Additional programming includes support groups, tutoring and play activities.
Community Education Services about the nature and incidence of domestic violence is critical if our communities are going to end battering in intimate relationships. Because domestic violence affects every aspect of our lives, including business, school, religious practices, health and social services, we invite our varied neighborhoods to actively participate in enhancing our communities' response to this crime.
To find out more about any of these issues and how your group or organization can support victims and work towards safer homes and streets please visit our website www.dvipiowa.org/