CASA advocacy services are guided by three principals:
increase safety, respect autonomy and hold the batterer
Residential Advocacy Services
CASA provides refuge, crisis intervention, and
advocacy for up to 45 days when home is not a safe place.
The shelter is always open, and the location is confidential.
Call CASA’s 24-hour access line to reach a CASA
advocate. Shelter residents receive emergency clothing,
food, personal care items, and ongoing individual and
group empowerment support.
Gateway Transitional Housing
Shelter residents can be referred to CASA Gateway
as space becomes available. There are two apartment complexes,
each with six, three-bedroom apartments and one two-bedroom
apartment accessible to those with differing abilities. Residents
pay reduced rent, utilities and participate in on-going
safety planning, support groups, and empowerment to enhance
employment skills, life skills, and personal development.
Group and Individual
- Life Skills/Employment
- Mental Health
- Personal Development
- Referrals to Legal & Social Services
- Safety Planning
- Substance Abuse
- Kid’s Club
- Support Groups
- Safety Planning
- Fun & Games
Community-Based Advocacy Services
- Cell Phone Program - CASA provides donated cell phones
to survivors for instant access to 911 emergency services.
- Emergency Response Team- Family members at immediate
risk due to domestic violence are referred to CASA’s
Emergency Response Team (ERT) by child protection investigators.
- Incarcerated Women - Women arrested for defending
themselves from domestic violence receive group
and individual CASA advocacy and support.
- Individual & Group Support - CASA advocates assist
survivors to understand power and control issues that
lead to domestic violence, develop safety plans for
themselves and their children, and provide access to
- Legal Advocacy - CASA advocates offer assistance
and support to survivors as they apply for injunctions
for protection at Clerk of Courts offices, provide
moral support to survivors in criminal court proceedings
and refer victims to legal services as needed. To learn
more about laws related to domestic violence please
- Outreach to Special Communities - CASA advocates
make an effort to reach out to the elderly, deaf, African-American,
gay and lesbian communities to bridge logistical and
cultural issues related to domestic abuse.
- CASA Collection Thrift Store - CASA participants
receive gift certificates that can be used in CASA’s
- Visitation Centers - CASA’s Visitation Centers
provide children with an opportunity to visit a non-residential
parent who has been estranged from the child due to
separation or divorce. CASA’s supervised
visits and monitored exchanges provide safety with
a special focus on the needs of children from homes
where violence, substance abuse and mental health problems
occur. Participants are accepted via referrals from
the Family, Domestic Violence and Dependency courts.
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