The DVCC has two residences that provide temporary shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children.
Our goals are, first, to ensure the safety of residents and, second, to help equip them for an independent and self-reliant existence after they leave the Safe House.
Where a male is the perpetrator of child abuse, one study demonstrated that there is a 70 per cent chance that any injury to the child will be severe and 80 per cent of child fatalities within the family are attributable to fathers or father surrogates (There is clear evidence that abusers often increase their use of violence and abuse to stop their partners from leaving, or to force their partners and children to return home following separation.
This can lead to significant emotional and psychological trauma, similar to that experienced by children who are victims of child abuse.
Instead of growing up in an emotionally and physically safe, secure, nurturing and predictable environment, these children are forced to worry about the future; they try to predict when it might happen next and try to protect themselves and their siblings.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is the voice of victims and survivors.
We are the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence.
Children also may be used and manipulated by the abuser to hurt their mother.
A report undertaken by the Queensland Domestic Violence Taskforce 1988 stated that 90 per cent of children present in violent homes had witnessed the violence perpetrated against their mother.
Read more Esperanza CT allows DVCC to provide comprehensive services to Spanish-speaking victims through a Spanish language service line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and via a web-based services center that is culturally and linguistically appropriate to the Spanish-speaking community.
Trained Spanish-speaking counselor/advocates are available 24/7 on the Service Line to answer questions…
Often getting through each day is the main objective so there is little time left for fun, relaxation or planning for the future.
Children living with domestic violence suffer emotional and psychological trauma from the impact of living in a household that is dominated by tension and fear.
Children may be hurt if struck by a weapon or a thrown object and older children are frequently assaulted when they intervene to defend or protect their mothers ( It has been more than 2 decades since the overlap between domestic violence and child abuse was identified; men who abuse their partners are also likely to assault their children.