What You Need to Know
A survivor’s first step to accessing Women In Distress’ services is to call our 24-hour crisis hotline (954-761-1133). An advocate will immediately answer the call and provide information about services and the next steps to keep the victim and their children safe. The family will be brought to shelter, if needed and available, or to counseling services at our Jim & Jan Moran Family Center.
After the initial call to the 24-hour crisis hotline, an advocate will greet the victim, assess their needs, provide resources, educate them on the dynamics of domestic abuse and assist with individual safety planning in order to encourage the victim to plan for a secure place if not in shelter.
Women In Distress focuses its efforts on providing an environment that will help survivors recover from the traumatic effects of victimization and develop an understanding and awareness of the dynamics of domestic violence. This is accomplished by empowering them to gain independence and self-sufficiency.
The services offered at Women In Distress are essential to helping survivors rebuild their lives after victimization. Our services also help them understand and participate in the criminal justice system, and provide them with safe shelter, if needed. Through the empowerment method, we encourage our participants to freely choose the programs and services in which they wish to participate. During the first critical days after participants begin seeking services at Women In Distress, the advocate will be with them as a support system, someone they can lean on as she or he begins a new life.