HOTLINE / crisis: 717.273.7190Toll Free: 1.866.686.0451
"Of women who reported being raped and/or physically assaulted since the age of 18, three quarters (76 percent) were victimized by a current or former husband, cohabitating partner, date or boyfriend."
Our Counselor Advocates at DVI recognize that every victim has unique circumstances and that sharing the details of their experience can be intimidating. It is important for victims to regain their self esteem so our counseling program empowers victims to take control of their lives and be self-sufficient. We assist victims in determining and setting goals and priorities. Throughout this process, the counselor offers guidance and suggestions on how to achieve success.
DVI offers counseling to both residents and non-residents. Adults can receive individual or group counseling or a combination of the two. A weekly support group is currently held for non-residents (for dates and times, check our calendar page). For residents, groups are held based on shelter occupancy and all staff members have experience in counseling so that emotional support is available 24 hours a day.
Counseling services are also available for children and young adults who have witnessed or experienced relationship violence. Families are encouraged to take advantage of DVI’s free counseling as frequently as necessary.
Phone counseling sessions are available to victims who are unable to come into our office for counseling. We know that callers to the hotline often simply need an understanding person on the other end of the line to let them express their concerns and frustration. They may fear consequences from their abuser if they seek face-to-face counseling and can only reach out for help by phone. All hotline staff are fully trained so that victims that call the hotline receive the proper assistance for their needs.
All of DVI’s services, including all counseling, are provided without charge. Please contact our hotline at 717.273.7190 or toll free at 1.866.686.0451 to schedule an appointment or talk to an advocate at any time.