Family Visitation Centers

A variety of family situations necessitate the use of the visitation centers including intimate partner violence, a history of difficulties surrounding child visitation or exchange, parental substance use or lack of suitable visitation space, among others. Services include on-site multi family group supervised visits, monitored exchange or individually supervised visits. The three centers, in Wilmington, Newark and Middletown are equipped with trained staff, video cameras, and other safety features. Prior to starting visitation or exchange, each adult party must participate in an individual orientation. Children may take part in child orientations or a series of orientations to help them learn about the center and increase their comfort. The centers make every effort to provide services at a reasonable cost.

Domestic Violence Advocacy Program

The purpose of the advocacy program is to assist petitioners through the Protection from Abuse order process. As such, trained advocates are co-located in each of the Family Courts in Delaware. While advocates cannot provide legal advice, they are able to connect petitioners with a variety or resources which may include legal assistance. These advocates also assist by providing referrals, crisis counseling, safety planning and support. Advocates are available during court hours and bilingual advocates (Spanish/English) are available frequently, but not all the time. Please call ahead to arrange interpretation/translation.

Domestic Violence Hotline 302-762-6110

The Domestic Violence Hotline is a 24/7 Bilingual (Spanish and English) service for people who are experiencing domestic violence. Callers talk with a degreed, trained advocate about their unique situation. The hotline counselors are trained to respond to crisis situations, safety plan and to refer to a variety of community services. Many callers find relief simply by connecting with the hotline counselor. The hotline call sometimes leads to entering one of the domestic violence shelters.

Shelter for Male Victims of Domestic Violence

Men with or without children may need crisis shelter to escape an abusive partner. Degreed, trained staff provide safety planning, goal setting, resource identification, social services and legal advocacy, and connections to employment and housing. Services are free of charge.

Offender Intervention Services (OIS)

The Domestic Violence Treatment Program (DVTP) provides structured counseling interventions for both men and women who have committed acts of intimate partner violence or abuse. The counseling interventions are certified by the Delaware Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DVCC) and adhere to standards established by that organization. The counseling interventions are provided in both English and Spanish. Participation in the intervention services can be either voluntary or court mandated.

Domestic Violence Shelters

Two crisis shelters, specific to meeting the needs of victims of domestic violence, are operated from confidential locations. Single women or women with their children benefit from physical safety as well as a variety of additional services. Degreed, trained staff are on-site 24/7 to support residents. These supports include, but are not limited to, safety planning, goal setting, resource identification, social services and legal advocacy, support groups, and connections to employment and housing. The shelters look like typical family homes- with bedrooms, bathrooms, large kitchens, laundry rooms, playrooms, quiet rooms, and toys/activities for children to enjoy. All services are free of charge.

Domestic Violence Liaisons

These co-located advocates are trained to work with victims of domestic violence who are involved with the Division of Family Services (DFS). The DV Liaisons provide safety planning, crisis counseling, information and referral, support, legal and social services advocacy, and other services. The Liaisons also serve as consultants with DFS staff to assist the workers to identify perpetrator patterns and the impact of those behaviors on children. These services are aimed at increasing safety for children and adult victims.

Counseling

Healing Children Heal is a service of the Domestic Violence Treatment Program (DVTP). It serves children between the ages of 4 and 18 who have been exposed to intimate partner violence. It also serves their caregivers.

The Domestic Violence Treatment Program (DVTP) provides the following treatment services to adults who are victims/survivors of intimate partner violence:

Allstate Financial Literacy Series

This class series is meant to teach participants how their abusive partner weaponized money, credit, employment, debt, access to state benefits and other financial resources against them. Students create a budget, learn to save their money, examine and challenge their credit reports and receive referrals to continuing financial education. The class offers incentives for completion, dinner or lunch during the class and limited childcare when available.