For survivors leaving an abusive relationship, it is important to allow each family member affected by trauma to be able to have control of the living space. Often, this may be the first time a family has been able to make a decision on something without repercussion.
Creating safe public spaces
Staff and volunteers recognize that living in shelter can be very challenging, and we try to make the experience seem as much like a home as possible. Having a welcoming, fun place for parents and children to play, learn and grow together is important for healthy development.
We have age-appropriate toys for all developmental stages, as well as a vast library of books for both children and adults. Staff also use play therapy techniques to help children explore and communicate their feelings in a healthy manner. All families at the Safehouse cook for themselves, but dinner is often enjoyed as a community at the dining room table. The kitchen is fully stocked.
Programs & Services
The staff also keeps extra supplies of everything — from food to cleaning supplies — in our storage area. In May , Doorways became the only shelter in Virginia, and one of nine in the country, to offer safe shelter for people and pets fleeing violence.
Learn more about the connection between pets and domestic violence. In , Doorways expanded our shelter capacity for survivors of domestic violence through a unique partnership with the affordable housing provider AHC, Inc. This location not only expands our capacity to serve more, but also enhances our ability to serve survivors with special needs. The Bedrooms If possible, all efforts are made to ensure that each family has their own bedroom.
The Kitchen All families at the Safehouse cook for themselves, but dinner is often enjoyed as a community at the dining room table. The Kennel In May , Doorways became the only shelter in Virginia, and one of nine in the country, to offer safe shelter for people and pets fleeing violence.
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