Shalom Bayit

Jewish Family Service has partnered with the Shalom Bayit Team to provide preventative domestic abuse education, resources, links, information and referrals for individuals who are experiencing domestic abuse.

Posted
January 18, 2023
Shalom Bayit: Houston Jewish Network Against Domestic Abuse

Shalom Bayit

Jewish Family Service has partnered with the Shalom Bayit Team to provide preventative domestic abuse education, resources, links, information and referrals for individuals who are experiencing domestic abuse.

Posted
January 18, 2023

Mission Statement:

Shalom Bayit supports individuals and families experiencing and healing from domestic abuse, through counseling, supportive services, and community education and awareness.

Guiding Principles:

  • Is rooted in Jewish values.
  • Believes domestic abuse is a community issue.
  • Maintains the strictest level of confidentiality.
  • Strives to create a community that is sensitive to individuals and families experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Respects religious and cultural observance.

Domestic Abuse is Not Your Fault

Domestic abuse is non-discriminatory. It can impact individuals of all faiths, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientation, and race and ethnicities. Domestic violence can disrupt the safety of the home and have a negative impact on children. Children who witness domestic abuse may experience academic, social, emotional, and health difficulties.

Shalom Bayit provides:

  • partner services with Jewish Family Service Houston
  • domestic violence awareness
  • information and education around domestic violence
  • referrals to additional domestic violence resources

Domestic Violence Resources- Greater Houston Area

Houston Area Women’s Center
24 Hour Crisis Hotlines:  

Domestic Violence Hotline: (713) 528-2121

Sexual Assault Hotline: (713) 528-RAPE (7273)

120-bed Emergency Shelter:

No police report required for a DV survivor seeking shelter. Survivor must call the 24 hour domestic violence hotline and speak with a shelter advocate to gain admittance.

Rape Crisis Support

Services include a 24-hour rape crisis hotline, hospital support and advocacy, and more.

Counseling:

Free of charge counseling for survivors of DV

Children’s Court Services:

Court advocates who educate, support and accompany children and their non-offending family members as they prepare for the court process.

Children’s Counseling:

Youth and adolescents ages 6-18 can begin their healing journey with trained counselors and advocates in supportive individual and group settings. School-based counseling is also available through our community partnerships.

Financial Empowerment:

This program provides financial coaching, matched savings, financial empowerment group training, and career readiness services onsite at our emergency housing.  

Career Development:

To promote economic stability and independence, HAWC’s Career Development Program helps clients identify and work towards educational goals and/or employment. Services include skills assessment, training, career planning and financial assistance for education.

Legal Advocacy:  
  • Court Accompaniment
  • Pro Bono and Pro Se Support
  • Onsite Legal Clinics
  • Crime Victims Compensation Application
  • Address Confidentiality Program
  • Protective Order Application
  • Termination of Lease due to Experiences of Violence

AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence)

Counseling Services:

Free, confidential counseling services for adult survivors and their adolescent children (12 and older), safety planning, emergency financial support, and help with education or training (Harris County only)

Domestic Violence Victim Support Groups:

Process groups or a 10-session psychoeducational support group.  AVDA’s groups teach participants about the dynamics of domestic abuse as well as the significant consequences of children’s exposure to an abusive environment. Participants of the 10-session psychoeducational support group may qualify for a certificate. Groups are offered in English and Spanish. Contact AVDA at (713) 224-9911 to ask about these groups.

Legal Aid

AVDA  attorney/paralegal teams provide legal representation for protective orders, divorce, child support, child custody and adoption.

  • Development of an individual Safety and Self-Sufficiency Plan that identifies different options and resources to address emotional, physical, financial and legal risks/concerns.
  • Information about her/his rights under the Texas Family Code and insight into how the family courts work.  
  • Information about her/his rights and options regarding criminal law and guidance as to how the criminal justice system operates.  

Financial Assistance

Funds are available for emergency shelter, food, transportation, education, training and more.

Other assistance:

  • Assistance in completing Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund application.
  • Advocacy with police, prosecutors and the courts
  • Referrals for emergency food, shelter, medical care, counseling and other social-service needs.

For Austin, Grimes, Waller & Washington counties: (979) 826-3290, ext. 219

For Fort Bend County: (281) 207-2312

For Harris County: (713) 224-9911

Fort Bend Women’s Center
24 Hour Crisis Hotline:

Domestic Violence: (281) 342-4357

Office Number: (281) 344-5750

Emergency Shelter:  

No police report required for a DV survivor seeking shelter. Survivor must call the 24-hour domestic violence hotline and speak with a shelter advocate to gain admittance. 14 beds total.

Individual Counseling:

Talk Therapy, Group therapy, EMDR

Neurofeedback Sessions:

Aids in cognitive functioning

Child Development Programs:

Child Mentors are at Rio Bend and the Emergency Shelter which offers PlayCare for the younger children when survivor parents need time to work on themselves. Child Mentor staff also provides homework assistance, school supplies if needed, assistance with making transportation arrangements with the school, and even accompanying parents to school meetings (with consent) to discuss a child's special needs if necessary.

Life Skills Program:

The Life Skills program provides one-on-one adult mentorship and group work for survivors to help empower them to deal with life events and experiences, with the goal of achieving self-sufficiency.

Wellness & Nutrition:

Classes include expressive dance, exercise courses and more.  

6-week individualized Mentor Coaching
Employment Program:

The Employment Program helps expand employment readiness through a 5-week career development series that prepares you with interviewing skills, how to dress the part, building your resume, maintaining employment, and professional mock interviews. A certificate is received at the end of the series that can be included on your resume. Mentors assist with identifying job leads and referrals to job placement services.

Housing Assistance 

Short- and long-term housing assistance as well as ancillary services for qualified applicants. All housing programs have a utility allowance built into the grant.  

Legal Assistance

We strive to represent clients of Fort Bend and surrounding counties, who are experiencing high conflict divorces and custody cases and who may have difficulty receiving affordable legal services through another agency. We also assist in protective orders, criminal investigations, landlord tenant matters, legal consultations, and court accompaniments.

Montgomery County Women’s Center  

Crisis Hotline: (936) 441-7273

Housing Assistance:  

  • Emergency shelter- 30-day residential shelter  
  • Transitional Housing

Counseling and Support Groups:

  • Individual and group counseling for primary and secondary survivors of family and/or sexual violence.  Services are provided to females, males and gender minorities, and both children and adults.  Counseling services are provided at no cost. Walk-ins are welcome!
  • Support Groups intended for survivors of family and sexual violence and their families. Questions about group meetings, or if you wish to schedule a counseling session, please contact the Counseling Manager: (936) 441-4044 ext. 23.

Other Assistance:

  • Advocacy & Accompaniment
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Accompaniment to law enforcement, hospitals and court
  • Advocacy with the criminal justice, medical and social service systems
  • Information and referrals
  • Assistance completing Crime Victims’ Compensation applications
  • Good Cause waiver for TANF
  • Filing Charges
  • Assistance in filing a Crime’s Victims’ Compensation application

Psychoeducation:

  • Cycle of Violence
  • Trauma Resolution
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationship Dynamics
  • Family Dynamics
  • Parenting & the Effects of Violence on Children
  • Decision Making

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