Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence has changed its name to Empowerhouse, Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence. We are celebrating this effort to help survivors move beyond victimization to healing and empowerment.
The mission, to empower survivors of domestic violence and their children to believe in themselves and build new lives filled with dignity, respect, safety and hope; and vision: to create a diverse network of community members working together to promote safe relationships, homes and communities, remain the same.
The new name and logo presented to our community better convey our mission and services. We are expanding our efforts to support survivors and their children and to help our community prevent domestic violence. As a result of the change, survivors of violence will connect with our name more easily than before; the community will understand our work better than before; and we will be more successful than before in our work as the community gains a greater understanding of what we do and that we are here to help!
Empowerhouse is a nonprofit, 501(C)3 Virginia accredited domestic violence program serving Fredericksburg, Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford. We have provided services to the community for 37 years. We continue to have many helping and educational programs offered throughout the community including our secret shelter, a 24-hour hotline (540-373-9373), victim advocacy, children’s services, support groups for victims, teens and children, Spanish language and culturally relevant services, transition in-place housing assistance, court advocacy, accompaniment to court and healthcare visits, teen dating violence prevention, as well as batterer intervention programs.
Did you know:
• Nationally, 1 in 4 women have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner?
• Every 5 days a Virginian is killed as a result of family violence?
• In this area, law enforcement responds to over 6,500 domestic related calls for service in one year?
• Empowerhouse shelters as many children as we do adults, over 100 adults and 100 children each year?
For more information about the name change, 540-373-9372; ask for Kathy, executive director.