Crime Victims Services - Virtual Domestic Violence Shelter Tour
Maria is calling a domestic violence shelter
The first step is making the phone call. Maria will be asked questions similar to the following to determine her needs:
Are you in a safe place to talk?
Are you safe right now-Do you need police or medical assistance right now?
If you are requesting shelter now, you will be asked about medical history, domestic violence history, and a variety of questions to determine that the program will suit your needs.
Pets: If you have pets, the shelter staff can assist you to ensure your pets are safe if you leave your home.
Do you have transportation to get to the shelter?
Do you need assistance with transportation?
If you have time, follow the safety plan (hot-link to safety plan).
You may be referred to another shelter for lack of bed-space, or because there may be another shelter location that may be safer for you.
Some other information regarding shelter programs:
Most shelters are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week
There may be a curfew for residents’ safety
Shelter can be provided for short-term emergency-or longer stays.
You will be asked to bring any necessary medication
Bring certain personal belongings
Bring your personal identification
Bring something of comfort for the child; maybe a favorite teddy bear