Our participatory grantmaking alters the traditional process of philanthropic giving by empowering service providers and community-based organizations to define the strategy around a specific issue area or population.
The Bilingual Domestic Violence program provides free, quality counseling services for victims and survivors of domestic and dating abuse regardless of gender or sexual orientation: female, male, transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or heterosexual. All services are currently offered in English and Spanish and all counseling services are confidential. Components of the full program include:
Domestic Violence Hotline: The program collaborates with other domestic violence programs and the City of Philadelphia to operate the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline for victims of domestic and dating abuse and provides crisis intervention counseling, safety planning, and referrals for domestic abuse services – including those in multiple languages. The hotline is toll free and is answered by a trained counselor 24-hours a day.
Counseling: The program provides free and confidential counseling services in Spanish and English for victims and former victims of domestic and dating abuse, including: individual counseling; crisis intervention; advocacy; support groups onsite and throughout the city; and specialized groups for incarcerated women.
Medical Advocacy: The program partners with local hospitals to provide onsite domestic and dating abuse services for patients and their families and trainings for healthcare providers.
Legal Advocacy: The program provides court accompaniment and advocacy at the Criminal Justice Center, Family Court, and the Philadelphia Adult Probation and Parole Department.
Education and Training: The program offers education on domestic and dating abuse for youth, community members, workplaces, congregations and professionals.
Transitional Housing: The program’s transitional housing program, the Sheila Brown Women’s Center, serves homeless women and their children who are survivors of domestic and dating abuse.