Domestic violence emergency shelter receives vital Trauma Recovery Program support.
Bethany House of Northern Virginia (BHNV) has been awarded a $5,000 grant for its Trauma Recovery Program from Verizon. BHNV is a private, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that helps women and children who have suffered from domestic violence regain health and dignity and become re-established in their community by providing temporary housing and support. BHNV offers a continuum of care that includes Crisis Intervention, Emergency Shelter, Trauma Recovery, an Aftercare Program, and Community Outreach.
“Verizon is a key strategic partner in our work to end domestic violence and the lingering effects of long-term trauma and abuse,” said Jasmin Witcher, Interim Executive Director of BHNV. “We are extremely grateful for their support.”
Domestic violence is a pervasive problem that affects many women and children. In FY 2013-2014, BHNV provided emergency and crisis intervention services to 470 adults and 576 children. During the same period, BHNV housed 47 households (47 women and 61 children) in its emergency shelters, compared to 42 households the previous fiscal year.
Doug E. Brammer, Area Manager, External Affairs for Verizon stated, “We look for strategic partners, like Bethany House of Northern Virginia, with whom Verizon can work to make Virginia a better place.”
BHNV’s Trauma Recovery Program is one of five programs used to help women rebuild their lives after escaping abuse. Through individual and group counseling, the program helps clients work on issues that arise as they get well. It addresses psychological, emotional, and social issues while promoting a healthy family system. “Verizon’s approach to Corporate Citizenship is a philosophy we call ‘Shared Success.’ It’s about leveraging our corporate values to create economic and social value,” stated Mr. Brammer.
The trauma associated with domestic violence has long term effects. Children who are exposed to abuse are more susceptible to abuse in adulthood or to becoming abusers themselves which is why counseling is so critical.
The National Network to End Domestic Violence found that in a single day in 2013 in Virginia, domestic violence programs housed over 600 domestic violence victims (335 children and 303 adults) in emergency shelters or transitional housing. Unfortunately, there were 114 requests for shelter housing and services that were unmet.
“For years, Verizon has been at the forefront of domestic violence prevention efforts. We realize this issue has no social or economic boundaries, and that change can only come from breaking the cycle of violence. We support programs that increase awareness and enhance prevention, and we offer resources for broad outreach to diverse populations,” said Mr. Brammer.