Domestic Abuse Resources and Assistance
Many on Tybee Island knew Lauren Brown and have made their condolences known to the Brown family. If you wish to contribute to the family, the city has received inquiries of how to make donations on behalf of the children of Lauren Brown. An account has been set up at First Chatham Bank for the children, Brayden and Phoenix Smart. Donation deposits can be made at any of the First Chatham branches. Also, checks can be mailed to First Chatham Bank, ATTN: Cheryl Clay, 111 Barnard Street, Savannah, 31401. Friend Katherine Schubert has set up an online fund for donations which also will provide financial support for Lauren’s children. Make donations to this fund at http://www.gofundme.com/a2hc90.
If you suspect a friend is the victim of abuse, these suggestions are from http://www.helpguide.org/
, an excellent resource for friends and victims of spousal or child abuse:
Speak up if you suspect domestic violence or abuse.
If you suspect that someone you know is being abused, speak up! If you’re hesitating—telling yourself that it’s none of your business, you might be wrong, or the person might not want to talk about it—keep in mind that expressing your concern will let the person know that you care and may even save his or her life.
- Ask if something is wrong
- Wait for him or her to come to you
- Express concern
- Judge or blame
- Listen and validate
- Pressure him or her
- Offer help
- Give advice
- Support his or her decisions
|- Place conditions on your support
- Adapted from: NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
Talk to the person in private and let him or her know that you’re concerned. Point out the things you’ve noticed that make you worried. Tell the person that you’re there, whenever he or she feels ready to talk. Reassure the person that you’ll keep whatever is said between the two of you, and let him or her know that you’ll help in any way you can.
Remember, abusers are very good at controlling and manipulating their victims. People who have been emotionally abused or battered are depressed, drained, scared, ashamed, and confused. They need help to get out, yet they’ve often been isolated from their family and friends. By picking up on the warning signs and offering support, you can help them escape an abusive situation and begin healing.
To help victims of domestic abuse, we provide the information below. We will try to keep this information up-to-date over time and move it to our “Useful Links” page in its own section.
Be aware that ALL the resources listed below recommend that if your abusing partner monitors your computer usage or might do so, be sure to use computers at the library or another home. Even if you don’t wish to leave your relationship, if your partner hurts you or threatens to hurt you or those you care about, you BOTH need help. Domestic violence and abuse is never okay, never excusable. Do not hesitate to pursue assistance from any of these organizations. If you suspect abuse of a friend or a family member, please review these resources as well, to learn how you can provide the most effective help.
Also note that while there does currently exist a National Domestic Violence Registry, some of the links given on that web page lead to hacked web sites. Until we can confirm that those sites have been cleaned up or the links removed, we will not post the link in this resource list.
A.A.R.D.V.A.R.C. - An Abuse, Rape, and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection
This comprehensive site is for victims of violence, their families and friends, and the agencies and programs which serve them, both public and private. The goal of this website is to assist efforts to aid and support those trying to remove themselves from abusive situations and build healthier, stronger lives. For individuals, they hope to provide general educational and reference material as well as a comprehensive nationwide directory of services for "one stop shopping".
Web only: http://www.aardvarc.org/dv/states/gadv.shtml
Feminist Majority Foundation
Listing of additional abuse help and resources
Web only: http://www.feminist.org/911/crisis.html
Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Address: 114 New Street, Suite B; Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: (800) 334-2836
Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault
Web only: http://gnesa.org/
Interfaith Hospitality Network
Provides shelter for homeless families.
Address: 24 East 41st St.; Savannah, GA 31401
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: 800-799-7233 (SAFE)
Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire
Offers outstanding programs on many topics, including bullying, self-defense classes for women and much more.
Phone: (912) 233-3000
Address is confidential, for clients only.
The Salvation Army
Provides shelter, food and clothing for the area's homeless population (women, children and men.)
Address: 3100 Montgomery St. Savannah, GA 31403
SAFE (Savannah Area Family Emergency) Shelter (Domestic Violence)
Provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and a 24 hour crisis line. Offers individual counseling, support groups, referral services, legal advocacy, and preventive education.
Address is confidential, for clients only.
Web only: http://www.shelterlistings.org/city/savannah-ga.html
Savannah, GA list of housing resources uncovered: Homeless Shelters, Supportive Housing, Halfway Housing, Transitional Housing, Day Shelters, Low Income Housing, Residential Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers.
Provides food and other assistance for area homeless (women and men)
Address: 502 East Liberty St Savannah GA 31401
Union Mission: Magdalene Project
Emergency Shelter provides immediate temporary housing for those in the most need. The emergency shelter targets homeless men and women with children. Emergency shelter stay is a 90 day program and is designed to offer immediate relief from having citizens live on the street, in their cars, in abandoned houses, underneath bridges or other places not meant for human habitation.
Address: 525 E. 34th Street
Wesley Community Center
Promotes the economic, educational and spiritual growth of women, children and youth. Provides recreational and educational programs, day care for children, and support groups for women and families in crisis.
Address: 1601 Drayton St.; Savannah GA 31401