The first step in breaking a violent pattern in a relationship is to tell someone. Let someone know about your situation so that you can contact him or her in case you need to leave a dangerous situation. The person you tell may be a nurse or doctor, counselor or social worker, a close friend or family member. If you don’t get help the first time, keep talking. AWAIC has trained advocates on call 24-hours a day. When you call the AWAIC crisis line, you can expect:
AWAIC's trained crisis line advocates can offer you information about all the services and support available at AWAIC. AWAIC serves all victims of domestic violence including women, men and children. These services include:
AWAIC maintains a shelter where victims of domestic violence and their children may seek help any time they are in danger. Located near the corner of 13th and A, it accommodates 52 people. Domestic violence victims may stay up to one month while they make decisions about what they will do next.
AWAIC provides a crisis line that is answered 24 hours a day. Victims in danger or anyone who knows someone in crisis are encouraged to call and talk to a trained advocate about their situation.
Case management and advocacy
AWAIC provides case managers to each survivor to help with referrals to other services, and to provide comprehensive aid within AWAIC. Each survivor also works with an advocate who provides support while exploring options.
Children who have lived in a home with violence are affected by what they have witnessed or experienced. AWAIC has staff specially trained to help children understand what they have seen and help them gain strength. AWAIC provides a stable environment, with play areas for each age group, an outdoor playground, support and education groups and arranged transportation to schools.
The Rotary Youth Center will provide space for children ages 10-16 to do their homework, watch TV or play games together while going through this difficult time in their lives.
When a program participant leaves the emergency shelter at AWAIC, the Moving Forward program continues to help them as they move into apartments and access other services. Participants may remain in this program for up to six months.
AWAIC offers transitional housing for women fleeing domestic violence. Harmony House offers low cost housing for up to two years to women making the transition to independent living. It accommodates ten women without dependent children, and is located on the AWAIC property.
Alaska Native Women in Anchorage (Willa’s Way)
Women from rural areas often function better in an intimate setting. AWAIC and Southcentral Foundation offer the Willa’s Way program, where women live in smaller safe houses and have a dedicated case manager. To contact the Willa's Way program please call 729-2500.
The legal system can be difficult to understand and navigate, so AWAIC employs a full-time legal advocate at the courthouse to help with protective orders, custody and visitation arrangements, or to accompany victims to hearings. The advocate is located in the domestic violence office of the Boney courthouse at 303 K Street, Anchorage, AK. To make an appointment call 264-0790.
Anchorage Domestic Violence Prevention Project (ADVPP)
Short term case management and emergency financial assistance are the services provided by this program aimed at increasing victim safety and offender accountability.
Questions about services? Call (907) 279-9581 or e-mail inquiries to email@example.com.