February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
According to the CDC nearly 1 in 11 female and 1 in 15 male high school students report experiencing physical dating violence in the last year. Empowerhouse provides vital resources to assist teens and families. As part of efforts to raise awareness about teen dating violence, we share our second video in a film series of the Be Real campaign, “Pause Before You Send,” for teens 13-18 years old. This lighthearted, educational film will be viewed in classrooms, community, or in group settings. It is a great conversation starter stressing the importance of considering the impacts of sending or sharing an explicit image. Please click the link below to view this new tool.
Last year, Empowerhouse educated over 12,000 students on healthy relationships during our free presentations to elementary, middle, and high school students. In partnership with area schools, our Youth Services Team continues to reach out virtually with our crucial educational tools to help children and teens realize greater self-esteem, better self-care, and the skills for a healthy relationship.
For more resources, about Teen Dating Violence, go to the Resources tab on our website. Interested in setting up a virtual Healthy Relationships School Presentation? Contact Mendy, Services Director at email@example.com or call (540) 373-9372.
Thanks to You, We are Changing Lives for the Better!
Thanks to generous, caring friends like you, we met and exceeded our goal of $45,000 during our year-end effort to Empower A New Generation. Your incredible support changes lives for the better as we help victims of domestic violence and their children who are in crisis during the pandemic.
You enable us to meet the increased and urgent needs of survivors and, especially their children, as we provide resources for greater self-esteem, better self-care, and the skills for a healthy relationship. Thank you, once again for helping to break the generational cycle of violence, increase children’s safety, and Empower a New Generation.
P.S. Please read Grace’s story to learn more about the lifesaving difference your gift makes to survivors and their children.
In-Kind Donations Make a Difference.
During the pandemic, the need for in-kind donations of essential household items for our Shelter and housing families remains great. Please check out our online registries through Walmart and Target. Please have the registry items you are donating delivered to your home address. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss arranging a meeting time at Empowerhouse’s office for your donations.
We are very grateful to our supporters who have made generous financial and in-kind donations so we can continue to serve survivors of domestic violence and their families during this crisis. Thank you!
Town Talk: Please listen to WFVA Radio TownTalk with Ted Schubel – April 8 on how our help continues in a pandemic.
Empowerhouse will continue to provide support for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Our 24-hour Hotline remains open for services and information, and advocates are available to speak with callers. If you have been working with a specific advocate, please leave a message with the hotline for a call back. As recommended by the CDC, National and State partner guidelines, we are operating under a modified response protocol. Please call our Hotline 540-373-9373 for assistance and further information.
Empowerhouse continuará proveyendo apoyo a los sobrevivientes de violence doméstica y sus ninos. Nuestra lίnea de emergencia de 24 horas, permanecera abierta para servicios e información y los advocates/empleados están disponibles para hablar con las personas que llamen. Si usted a estado trabajando con un advocate especίfico, por favor dejele un mensaje con la lίnea de emergencia y le devolveran la llamada. Como una recomendación del CDC las lineas de guias Nacionales y Estatales, estamos operando bajo un protocolo de respuesta modifica. Por favor llame a nuestra lίnea de emergencia 540-373-9373 para asistencia y mas información.
Empowerhouse and a partnership with Mary Washington Healthcare, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Eileen Dohmann and Empowerhouse Executive Director Kathy Anderson discuss the Strangulation Prevention Training and the Forensic Nursing Department.
Listen to radio show with Ted Schubel from August 23, 2019: Empowerhouse and a partnership with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office and the Stafford Commonwealth’s Attorney. Sheriff David Decatur, Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Olsen and Kathy Anderson with Empowerhouse.
Listen to radio show from March 8, 2019: Empowerhouse Services Director, Mendy Pierce, and Executive Director, Kathy Anderson, discuss with Ted Schubel on Town Talk- The Teen Young Men’s Program and the importance of education and trauma-informed services for children and youth in our community.
Listen to: Empowerhouse Executive Director and Kenny Ellinger, Surgi-Center, discuss with Ted Schubel on Town Talk — domestic violence awareness month and the need for increased efforts to serve children and youth in our area.
Board Member Trish Jackson receives award for her strength and resilience:
Survivor of Domestic Abuse Now Helping Others.
See the news item on NBC4 Washington.
The Empowerhouse office has moved!
Our new location is 150 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.
(Our postal address remains P.O. Box 1007, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.)
Every day, Empowerhouse- supporting survivors of domestic violence- provides free help to adults and their children. As an accredited domestic violence center, we do not charge for services. Thanks to the donations from our community, we are able to continue providing free services to anyone who needs them.
In 2014, Empowerhouse assisted over 2,800 adults and children in our community. In 2017, we assisted over 3,500. Thanks to The Community Give -2015, and the help of Doris Buffett and the Sunshine Lady Foundation, we began renovation of our new 10,000 foot building to expand, relocate and offer accessibility to all local survivors of domestic violence and their children who need shelter.
The new 24-hour domestic violence shelter opened in 2016, thanks to lead donors and all who assisted through The Community Give. We continued the campaign to furnish the new 15 bedroom facility with suites, multi-kitchen areas, laundry, job help center, playrooms, and counseling corner through the 100 Men campaign. Together, we are fulfilling the Empowerhouse 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.
Each day we meet survivors of domestic violence who take steps to be safer and eliminate violence in their lives and the lives of their children. They are taking these steps despite great risk to their personal safety. They are encouraged when they enter our facilities and realize you have prepared for their arrival. Most are surprised that we are there; many have great humility and question whether someone else may be in greater need than they are; many are embarrassed and strive to overcome their fear of speaking about what is going on in their lives (and the fear of continued and real threats of violence). All are grateful for the hand up once engaged in the support you make possible.
You are making our vision a reality in Stafford, King George, Caroline, Spotsylvania, and Fredericksburg: creating a diverse network of community members working together to promote safe relationships, homes, and communities. Thank you for giving! Thank you for making things better with the power of your financial gift!
Please click and watch our 40-second video above.
Healthcare providers have a unique opportunity to screen for Intimate Partner Violence. The film “Ask Me” demonstrates the importance of Universal Screening which has been proven to be effective and save lives. Watch the film now on Youtube: “Ask Me”.
|Empowerhouse has been gifted
with a second transition house!
Empowerhouse owns a new house thanks to the Sunshine Lady Foundation. As of April 25, 2013, due in large part to many generous donations, the new Empowerhouse Transition House is now open and serving families. Call and talk with Kathy if you are able to provide a financial contribution to help keep the house running or use our Donate button on the right margin.
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. [from the May 15 2012 press release]
Empowerhouse Public Outreach Office, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
Located at 150 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Postal address P.O. Box 1007, Fredericksburg, VA 22402
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