HAVEN is a program located in Oakland County that focuses and meets the needs of victims of domestic violence, as well as those of sexual assault. It provides counseling, educational programs, court advocacy, as well as shelter and housing, helping over 30,000 people each and every year for the past 40 years.
Their mission and vision is to bring empowerment and healing to victims and to raise awareness in the community in order to help prevent or eradicate domestic violence and sexual assault.
Their Guiding Principles
- People have the right to live without fear
- Domestic violence is abuse that is caused and controlled by the perpetrator. It is wrong even if the abuser feels they have been provoked, and it is never deserved.
- Intimate partner violence can affect more than the victim, but also others around them.
- Women and girls are far more likely to become domestic violence victims because of their partners, spouses, family members or by a perpetrator, but anyone can be a victim. It doesn’t matter your gender, race, education, religion, culture, or social status.
- HAVEN realizes the need of educating individuals about the root causes of abuse, as well as how crucial it is in order that gender inequality and intimate partner violence is confronted and stopped.
- Every woman, man and child have a right to their own identities. No one should be able to tell you differently. People shouldn’t feel inferior or wrong about their choices because of gender roles, cultural norms, or going against tradition. A perpetrator may try and throw them at a victim to cause guilt.
HAVEN has worked very hard to provide victims to live out safer lives and have also helped victims and their families escape these horrible situations. Here are some of their Success Stories. HAVEN also provides several media resources and a great wealth of information and services including domestic violence statistics, as well as education and prevention through interviews with experts.
There are also ways for you to give back or to get involved. Become a volunteer by becoming a mentor for children and a coach for victims. These women, children and men all need people who are compassionate, non-judgemental and can provide them with the emotional support that they need. There are so many other areas that HAVEN would love for you to be a part of their team.
HAVEN Resources and Hotlines
HAVEN provides a wealth of information and resources that may prove helpful to you. If you are needing answers to any number of reasons, check out their resources page. They also have deaf services for those who are hearing impaired.
It can be confusing and a time of uncertainty when someone is the victim of a domestic violence situation. HAVEN provides these victims with an escape plan if necessary, and also a live chat for them to get the help that they need.
You can contact the HAVEN hotline HAVEN: 248-334-1274 or 877-922-1274. There’s also the National Domestic Violence Hotline that you can reach out to: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)