We understand that domestic violence and abuse can occur in any intimate relationship. Victims of domestic violence often feel it is their fault, and they can somehow change what is happening to them. It is not your fault and you are not responsible for your partner’s abusive behavior.
If you are currently experiencing emotional, physical, psychological, economical, verbal, or any other kind of abuse, we can help you. If you are in a controlling relationship, we can help you. We will work with you to develop a Safety Plan. Call our 24 hour Crisis Hotline: 904 225-9979 or 800 500-1119 .
Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors. It almost always involves various forms of control – physical, sexual, psychological, economic, etc. Domestic violence is not isolated to people who are married; it occurs with dating adolescents, same sex couples and adults living together. The defining characteristic is that they share an intimate relationship with their abuser.
|Emergency Shelter: Every survivor and family who resides at Micah’s Place will have advocates to support them with safety, healing, education, housing, self-sufficiency and independence. There is 24-hour specialized staff that is available to help survivors and their children in need at any time. Case managers and advocates meet on a continuous basis with the women throughout their stay in the emergency shelter, as well as provide resources, support groups and referrals for other programs or support services.
Additionally, resources are available in the areas of domestic violence education, safety planning, employment, housing, financial literacy, food & nutrition, and transportation. With help from community partners, we are able to connect survivors will additional services available in Nassau County.
Our shelter is in a confidential location. You can expect a warm home for you and your children. We will provide food and all other “survival needs”. There are no charges for staying in our shelter.
|24/7 Hotline/Textline: Access to support and assistance 24-hours a day is critically important for survivors. The hotline advocates are trained in the dynamics of domestic violence and are able to create a specifically tailored safety plan for each domestic violence situation. Hotline advocates are able to provide referrals and connection to shelter, outreach and community programs.
A new addition to our hotline is the ability to text an advocate for assistance. The texting is also available 24/7.
|Youth Program: Our Youth Program Manager provides children in the shelter with child assessments, case management, assists them with daily activities and provides the child and/or parent with appropriate referrals. This varies from providing age-appropriate education on coping skills, emotions and empathy to assisting with daily homework tasks, reading and art activities. Child Assessments are completed on all children under the age of 18 entering the shelter, assessments evaluate the basic needs of children served by the program, and the referral of children to services when appropriate. This service also includes screening for child abuse, neglect and risk.|
Community & Professional Education: Trained staff and volunteers present community education to the public on the dynamics of domestic violence. Prevention efforts include partnerships with local agencies and social entities to provide professional education and training, education for youth and general public on the overall dynamics of domestic violence. The goal of these education efforts is not only to connect victims to intervention services but to prevent domestic violence from occurring in the future by evolving attitudes and social norms that are often attributed to the causes of domestic violence.
Advocacy: All staff are well-versed in the dynamics surrounding domestic violence. Advocates provide support,education and insight to survivors on their path of healing. An advocate provides a voice for those who cannot always speak their truth, support when it seems impossible to move forward and is void of any judgement toward the choices a victim must make to ensure their safety and survival.Advocates are present within the residential shelter 24 hours a day, so that no matter the time–they are there to help.
Outreach Services: Outreach staff provide intervention services for victims, and their families, of domestic violence who are not currently seeking shelter or have transitioned out of shelter. Outreach services may include; goal setting and advocacy, danger assessments, information and referrals, domestic violence education, educational support groups, legal advocacy, case management, and individual safety planning. Micah’s Place maintains outreach offices in Fernandina Beach and Callahan. Please call 904-491-6364 x105 to meet with an Outreach Advocate.
Support Groups: Community Support Groups are offered weekly on an outreach basis. Micah’s Place provides groups and workshops that focus on safety, self-identity, healing, education and self-sufficiency. Within the emergency shelter, regular groups are offered on similar topics as well as additional sporadic groups based on occupancy and needs.
Prevention Programs: Prevention programming is offered for all ages and focuses on empathy, non-violent problem solving skills as well as overall education on the warning signs and dynamics of domestic/teen dating violence. These programs aim to decrease domestic violence and improve the attitudes and social norms that surround the issue.
An attorney on staff is available to provide general consults on legal issues, filing and representation for injunctions of protections (restraining orders) for domestic, sexual and dating violence. We also provide referrals to legal aid for other legal pursuits that arise when leaving an abuser.
For individuals who may require accommodations, more information is available here: Auxiliary Aids and Services Plan Summary. OR, if you prefer larger text, here: Auxiliary Aids and Services Plan Summary.
|AREA PHONE NUMBERS
Local DV Hotline… 904-225-9979
Florida Toll Free DV Hotline –800-500-1119
Nassau County Sheriff’s Office
Police Department… 904-277-7340
Rape Crisis Hotline… 904-355-7273
Child Abuse Hotline… 800-96Abuse (800-962-2873)
Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence | www.fcadv.org
Florida Department of Children and Families | www.myflfamilies.com
Department of Justice Violence Against Women Office | www.justice.gov/ovw
Department of Corrections – link to offender searches | dc.state.fl.us
Florida Department Law Enforcement (sexual offender database) | www.fdle.state.fl.us/cms/home.aspx
Women’s Center of Jacksonville www.womenscenterofjax.org