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Domestic & Family Violence
Family violence is one of the most common and most devastating problems in our country, but it's also a problem that can be prevented. Noah Project is working to prevent family violence by educating the community.
Our services can help reduce the likelihood that victims of violence will return to abusive relationships, and can help them recognize and avoid future abuse. We can provide a safe place to escape and help you find resources to live independently. We can provide education and counseling about the nature and dynamics of family violence, help you learn to avoid abusive relationships, and help educate kids to break the generational cycle of violence.
Our services can help families in crisis minimize the trauma and impact of family violence by:
- Providing a safe shelter in which to live
- Helping with basic living essentials
- Safety planning
- Crisis counseling to deal with the emotional impact of family violence - Emotional support to cope with loss and fear, and encouragement to move forward positively
- Counseling to understand the dynamics of family violence and avoid violent relationships in the future
- Children's services to help kids in families struggling with violence
- Helping clients find resources to cope with changing their situations: Housing, child care, education, and employment
Helping the Smallest Victims of Family ViolenceChildren make up about half of the clients that we serve. Noah Project has programs that can help kids deal with growing up in a violent environment, whether they have been hurt themselves or have watched it happen to someone they love.
Meeting Kids' Emotional NeedsWe offer weekly children's support group. We help kids cope with family violence and its effects, and reinforce the child's self-esteem. We also provide positive role models.
Maintaining the Education of Our Resident ChildrenOnce safety has been established, children can be transported back to their home school. On-site tutoring is provided to kids in the shelter, and educational resources such as computers, school supplies, and homework help are provided.
Educating Children About Family ViolenceWe provide safety-planning information to children in violent homes. We teach children how to identify and avoid violent relationships and that abuse in relationships is not normal.
Providing Activities for Kids in the ShelterThe shelter has a large playroom and outdoor playground, as well as plenty of books and toys. Children's groups meet regularly for arts and crafts, play, and other activities. Our Summer Children's Program provides daily activities and field trips for children who are in the shelter while school is out.
National StatisticsThe following national statistics regarding domestic violence are taken from information compiled and distributed by the Texas Council on Family Violence and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
- Family violence causes more injury to women than all other rapes, muggings, and car accidents combined.
- An average of three women are killed by their husbands or boyfriends every day.
- Approximately 1.5 million women are raped and/or physically assaulted by an intimate partner every year.
- Violence by an intimate partner accounts for about 21% of violent crime experienced by women, and about 2% of the violence experienced by men.
- Women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to be victimized by an intimate partner.
- Approximately 1 in 5 high school girls reports being physically or sexually assualted during a high school dating relationship.
- 30% of women who experience abuse, experience it for the first time during pregnancy.
- Approximately two women are killed by family violence every week.
- Over 185,000 incidents of family violence were reported in 2003.
- Over 913,000 women were battered in 2003.
- 3 out of 4 Texans have either experienced family violence or know a friend or family member who has.
- Almost half of all Texans have experienced at least one form of domestic violence.
- 73% of all Texans believe that domestic violence is a serious problem in Texas.
Noah ProjectThe following statistics regarding Noah Project's services are taken from the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
- Provided safe shelter to 473 victims of family violence.
- Answered 834 hotline calls.
- Provided outreach services to 233 clients.
- Provided Primary Prevention Training to over 6,000 individuals.