|A domestic violence program
||A domestic violence program provides protection and resources to individuals treated violently by their spouses or partners. These programs can have many components. Shelters are available for individuals needing protection from violence. Additionally, some services provide resources to individuals once they leave the shelter to help them regain independence.
||As mentioned, this program may provide protection for individuals, but it may also provide protection for children in the individual’s care. There are generally a large percentage of young children who are in need of protection in addition to the individual seeking help. These programs generally do not provide service for males, as outpatient services are offered for violators of the female population.
||In many residential programs, counselors provide advice and counseling. They assist residents living away from their abusers.
Victims in the program wishing to move on with their lives, away from the perpetrator, will find advocates available to work with them. These advocates help program participants find work, housing, legal support, and other services in the community. Some shelters can provide some form of legal assistance.
|The role of the professional working in a shelter is to help program participants cope with losing their home and community and with the abuse. This is often a traumatic time for the victim.
Often, victims come to the shelter with nothing, and they need help putting their lives back together. The role of the professional is to help with emotional recovery, finding work and shelter, and rebuilding their lives.