The Domestic Violence Services Program (DVS) provides emotional and practical support to survivors of domestic violence, primarily those who are not currently staying in SafeHouse Center’s shelter. Our goal is to help survivors to become or remain safe and autonomous.
Individual, short-term counseling is available to any survivor of sexual assault over the age of 14 w/ parental consent, regardless of the age at which the assault occurred. Counseling provides survivors with a supportive environment for exploring their thoughts and feelings about their experience of sexual assault. Individual counseling is also available to friends, family members, and partners of survivors so that they can have a safe place to process and gain positive ways to support the survivor.
SafeHouse Center does not work with batterers. However, we refer batterers to responsible Batterers Intervention Programs (BIP), and we collaborate with those programs.
Alternatives to Domestic Aggression (ADA)
ADA specializes in working with male batterers to stop battering. While ADA is operated by Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County, it offers services on a non-denominational basis and works with people of all, or no, religious affiliation. Visit the ADA Website.
SafeHouse does not provide services to perpetrators of sexual assault.
Counseling and Advocacy Service counselors will provide information to non- offending family members about sexual assault and domestic violence, assistance with how to support the survivor, and help the friend or family member with their own feelings and/or reactions. One session for 1 1/2 hours may be scheduled.