Harbor House works to prevent and eliminate domestic abuse in Central Florida by providing critical life-saving services to survivors, implementing and advancing best practices, and educating and engaging the community in a united front.
Accomplishments in 2014-2015:
Our strategies for achieving social change are focused on creating a community of active bystanders. To do this, we utilize our core philosophy of Recognize, Respond, Refer (R3), which teaches our community how to recognize domestic abuse, respond to it effectively and refer survivors to safety.
90% of shelter residents will have safe housing when leaving shelter.
95% of callers identified as high lethality will receive a safety plan.
80% of children in shelter will receive child care services.
100% of children in shelter will receive a welcome and discharge session with an advocate.
Rosa never thought that domestic abuse could happen to her until she met her former boyfriend, who mentally and physically tortured her for several years. He was a well-respected man in the community but at home, he terrorized Rosa with his controlling behavior. When Rosa came to Harbor House, she was traumatized and afraid for her life. She had recently lost her job because her former boyfriend stalked her at her place of employment. She was terrified that her ex would find her and kill her. Through safety planning and case management in the emergency shelter, Rosa was able to gain the skills and confidence that she needed to move forward with her life. As a result of living in a safe and stable environment, Rosa recently obtained full time employment at a local bank. She moved into our Transitional Housing program and is saving money to move into her own apartment. She has expressed that she feels much more confident through the encouragement and support of Harbor House.
Sarah was a homeless survivor of domestic abuse who came to the Outreach program having lived in a tent for months. She was unemployed and wanted to work; however, without an address she was unable to obtain the necessary documentation needed for employment. Sarah was referred to the Community Based Housing program. With a stable place to live, she was able to focus on her employment needs. She met regularly with the Community Based Housing Specialist and was provided the following services: safety planning, assistance with obtaining necessary identification, and credit repair through the Financial Empowerment workshops. As a result, Sarah recently obtained full time employment. Sarah is now healthier and her self-esteem has significantly improved. She has expressed an interest in some day volunteering as an advocate for a domestic abuse center and states that she thanks Harbor House for changing her life.
The Leaders of Courage curriculum is designed to educate youth about the dynamics of abusive/unhealthy relationships. Throughout the 9-week program, youth will define abuse and respect, learn skills for effective communication, recognize red flags, bullying behaviors, learn safe bystander intervention, understand gender stereotypes, and create strategies with youth that raise awareness about intimate partner violence to their schools and communities. After attending two groups, a youth participant recognized that she was in an unhealthy relationship. She was no longer in the relationship but he was becoming increasingly aggressive with her. Through the Leaders of Courage program, the woman was able to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship. After safety planning with the woman, the advocate has followed up and she continues to attend the groups. She has become a leader among her peers and has become a strong proponent for the success of the Leaders of Courage program.
Harbor House provides professional education about domestic abuse to law enforcement, businesses, health care providers, social services and human resource professionals. This specialized training includes successful ways to deal with survivors and abusers. In addition, the program sheds light on the warning signs to detect if abuse is present in a home situation.
Harbor House staff and trained volunteers facilitate educational presentations to the community at large. These presentations are focused on our core curriculum -- Recognize, Respond and Refer (R3). R3 educates individuals on how to recognize domestic abuse, respond to it effectively and refer survivors to safety. During the last fiscal year, Harbor House held 417 presentations and trained 1,672 individuals.
In 2012, the R3 App was created by Harbor House of Central Florida for its Project Courage initiative and community education training to encourage healthcare professionals and those at risk to Recognize, Respond and Refer (R3) to Domestic Abuse. R3 is the first app tohave information that aids medical professionals in hospitals, doctors' offices and clinics to make appropriate assessments of domestic abuse victims and refer them to resources that can help. No other tool is geared toward both healthcare professionals as well as those at risk.
1,607 First Responders were trained to Recognize, Respond and Refer.
797 Physicians were trained to screen for domestic abuse.
2,673 youth were trained to safely intervene when they see abuse and bullying happen.
The R3 App was a winner in the “Ending Violence @ Home Global App Challenge” and was recognized in the New England Journal of Medicine.
On December 6 2012, The Paws for Peace Kennel opened and welcomed its first pet, a guinea pig, just two days later. Since then 49 dogs, 15 cats, one bird, one guinea pig and one turtle have been residents of the kennel, allowing 43 families to seek safe shelter without having to leave their family pet behind.
Harbor House opened the doors of the Donation Center on December 6, 2012. A multipurpose facility, the center allows Harbor House to bring in large quantities of donations such as cleaning supplies and paper products that are used to run one of the largest domestic abuse programs in the US. Since its opening, $704,166 worth of goods have been donated and invested in our mission.
Currently undergoing a National search for new CEO
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