Services to Support Those Impacted by Domestic Violence
St. Jude House is Committed to
Domestic violence does not discriminate against race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to anyone – and no one should go through the trauma of domestic violence alone.
We see you, we hear you – we’re here. Our programs serve adults, families and children to create a world where everyone can experience healthy, safe and loving relationships.
Share Your Story
Every survivor has a different story. We work with each client to understand their story and determine their need for resources such as income, insurance, housing and medical treatment.
St. Jude House helps navigate and understand the resources available to offer protection, compassion and healing. Our comprehensive case management services assist clients in identifying available community resources and entitlement programs to meet these needs. Together, the client and case manager make connections to these resources – phone calls, scheduling appointments, obtaining necessary forms and completing documentation.
In addition, case management helps with the process of identifying housing options, and the case manager advocates on behalf of the client. Case management ensures access to medical care, often coordinating these services and soliciting the help of trained volunteers to transport clients to important appointments.
Finally, case management assists in identifying employment options and aids the client in preparing for interviews, creating resumes, and/or enrolling in needed education.
We Will Come to You
Safety is our main priority at St. Jude House. Mobile Advocacy is one of our adult protective services where Community Advocates will meet survivors in a public location of the client’s choosing (park, church, coffee shop, etc.) to discuss what resources and services are available and needed. In addition, they provide emotional support to help survivors talk through their thoughts and emotions so they can make the best decisions for themselves.
Mobile advocacy is not a crisis response. Please call our 24-hour domestic violence hotline at (800) 254-1286 for support, information and referral.
Mobile Advocacy could be right for you if you need:
- Emotional support and education about domestic violence
- Flexible appointments
- One-on-one meetings in your neighborhood or workplace
- Supportive case management/legal advocacy
- Set and discuss goals YOU create
Community Advocates will also transport survivors to housing, employment and court appointments. This service focuses on helping survivors feel safe and rebuild their lives.
Know Your Options
St. Jude House helps survivors of domestic violence identify their legal rights and options and teaches them how to pursue those choices successfully. Clients receive support through each aspect of the legal process, whether a protective order, divorce or custody issue, name change, or immigration issue. The Legal Advocate will assist with obtaining IDs and other legal documents, create personalized safety plans with clients, and coordinate with local law enforcement and identify pro-bono attorneys and referrals.
St. Jude House advocates are also trained and equipped to assist with the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP), a free program that allows victims of domestic violence, sexual assault stalking, human trafficking, harassment, intimidation, or invasion of privacy to maintain a confidential address through the Attorney General’s Office. While the ACP is not a witness protection program or an absolute guarantee of safety, it is one more tool that victims can use to take back their lives.
In addition, clients can request that a Legal Advocate accompany them to court proceedings for support and reassurance.
Safety & Encouragement
1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence1. Our Children’s Advocacy services support each child through his/her traumatic experiences. The use of art expression, writing and other intentional activities provide children with opportunities to express their feelings and develop healthy coping skills. Topics include:
- Safety planning
- Anger management
- Healthy relationships
- Communication skills
Additionally, each parent is offered individualized parenting support.
Break the Cycle
Breaking the cycle of domestic violence starts with taking action. St. Jude House advocates provide support, assistance and referrals to help adults impacted by domestic violence heal, grow and move toward a life free from any form of abuse.
We offer individual crisis intervention services and safety planning, as well as encouragement and support through the healing process. In addition, St. Jude House and our advocates:
- Provide empowerment in gaining/maintaining independence to live a life free of violence.
- Offer domestic violence education and support groups (available for residential and non-residential clients).
- Share the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault and how they intersect.
- Equip individuals with strategies and coping mechanisms to increase self-awareness.
- Uncover the effects of domestic violence and the impact of trauma on survivors, their families and friends.
- Highlight the consequences of continual exposure to violence and lifelong trauma.
- Teach individuals how to recognize, build and maintain healthy relationships.
Group Services & Programming
Healing takes time. Our group services are designed to heighten awareness about domestic violence, including the cycle of abuse, types of abuse, power and control, effects of trauma, and the reasons some victims return to an abusive relationship.
Our Engage group is designed for parents and their children. Engage encourages families to participate in planned family activities that assist in developing new interests and hobbies, while building and strengthening family relationships.
Our parenting group provides education and support for parents with children of all ages. The focus of the parenting group is to provide relevant information to parents, offer support and share insight on parenting dilemmas. Topics include routines, non-violent discipline techniques, self-care for parents and nurturing children.
We help survivors of domestic violence address issues surrounding relationships (healthy and unhealthy), self-esteem, safety, empowerment, early warning signs of an abusive relationship, stress management and explore new coping skills.
Take Back Control of Your Life
One of the many reasons a person stays in or returns to an abusive relationship is because they don’t have the financial resources to break free. St. Jude House provides survivors with the tools and education they need to take back control of their lives.
Finances are a “weapon of choice” in 99% of abusive relationships. Our Financial Empowerment Program is offered on-site at the St. Jude House community in Crown Point, Indiana. The program not only helps survivors of domestic violence but anyone who has financial issues or needs to be educated on critical points of finance.