Domestic Violence Services
24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline (302) 762-6110
The Domestic Violence Hotline is a crisis service and informational resource for people experiencing domestic violence in New Castle County, Delaware. Bi-lingual staff assists Spanish speaking callers. Some calls result in women entering either of the two sheltering programs for safety and refuge. Most callers are provided information about resources and options available to domestic violence victims. Many callers to the hotline are referred to additional CHILD, Inc. programs, including, support groups, classes or counseling.
Emergency Shelters for Battered Women and their Children
CHILD, Inc. operates two shelters for battered women and their children, one in Southern New Castle County (Sarah’s House) and the second in Northern New Castle County, (Martha’s Carriage House). The mission of CHILD, Inc.’s sheltering program is to reduce domestic violence by providing safety, support, and advocacy to victims. If a Spanish-speaking client seeks refuge at either Martha’s Carriage House or Sarah’s House, she will receive additional help from bilingual case managers. Call the Domestic Violence Hotline for more information about shelter services, (302) 762-6110.
Family Visitation Centers
CHILD, Inc. provides supervised exchange for off-site visitation, or monitored on-site visitation for children from homes where there has been domestic violence or sexual abuse. Currently there are two visitation centers in New Castle County. Call (302) 283-7518 for more information about the Family Visitation Centers.
Domestic Violence Advocacy Program
This program helps to empower victims of domestic violence by guiding them through the Family Court system as they seek protection from their abusive partners. CHILD, Inc. staff and volunteers are based in each of the Family Court buildings. In New Castle County call (302) 255-0420, in Kent County call (302) 672-1075 and in Sussex County call (302) 856-5843.
Outreach & Therapy Services in Southern New Castle County
In an effort to provide services to the growing needs of an expanding population in Southern New Castle County, CHILD, Inc. established a program offering domestic violence therapy for victims at scattered sites throughout lower New Castle County. A full-time therapist provides these services. Counseling is also available for children impacted by domestic violence at some of these same sites. For these services call (302) 229-5872.