Domestic Violence Support
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Mary's Center provides abuse screening, case management, and individual and/or group counseling to promote safety and self-sufficiency for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Our caring staff provide survivors of domestic violence with information on power and control, the effects of abuse on women and children, safety planning, and their rights.
Are you a survivor of domestic violence? You don't have to face it alone.
Mary's Center can help. Call (800) 799-7233
Our services include:
- Screening: Mary's Center screens participants for domestic and sexual violence. When detected, our staff work with participants to develop a safety plan.
- Linkages: Our staff connect participants to the community resources they need, such as legal assistance, housing and/or shelter, public benefits (on-site), food and other needs (WIC and SNAP/Food Stamps are on-site).
- Group Support: Our Women's Empowerment Group (conducted in Spanish and translated for English-speaking participants) provides education on signs and dynamics of abuse, healthy relationships, safety, and civil rights. The group is a safe, warm space and child care is provided during sessions. The group has proved to be an important tool to empower our clients through education, participation and emotional support.
- Case Management: Our staff work closely with survivors of domestic violence to follow their established Care Plans. We treat participants in our programs with respect and follow-up to ensure questions regarding services and referrals are addressed with the participants' safety foremost in our minds.
- Integrated Care Plans: Participants and members of the care team, including Family Support Workers, set goals for the multidisciplinary Care Plans, and progress is tracked in our electronic health record system, eClinicalWorks (eCW). This system is both secure and comprehensive and facilitates a coordinated system care.
- Case Closure and Follow-up: Cases close when a participant achieves her goals. However, participants know they can contact Mary's Center again as needed. Referrals and resources remain available to participants to assure their progress in reaching their Care Plan goals can continue. If participants access Mary's Center medical care after the domestic and/or sexual violence case has closed, clinic staff will continue to inquire as to the status of the situation and confirm whether an additional referral to Social Services or Mental Health is needed for support.
Domestic Violence Directory (Listing of DC-area organizations that can help).
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