Domestic Violence Resources

Domestic Violence is a pattern of coercive behavior used to maintain power and control in a relationship. This abuse can be physical, sexual, or emotional.  Besides your relatives, a   "relationship" can include anyone you currently live with, have lived with in the past, or anyone you are or used to be intimately involved with.

Domestic Violence is a Crime that will no longer be excused or tolerated.
WV.Code 48-2A-1

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 How to get a Protection Order

 County Locator  (Locate Domestic Violence Resource Centers in Your Area)

 Domestic Violence Resource Centers:

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence 1-800-537-2238
Battered Women's Justice Project 1-800-903-0111
Resource Center on Child Protection and Custody 1-800-527-3223
Health Resource Center on Domestic violence 1-888-792-2873
Missing Child Hotline 1-800-843-5678
Crime Victim's Compensation Fund  1-877-562-6878

 Facts About Domestic Violence

  • In a national survey of over 6,000 American families, 50 % of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abuse their children.
  • Child abuse is 15 times more likely to occur in families where Domestic Violence is present.
  • Men who have witnesses their parent's Domestic Violence are three times more likely to abuse their own wives than children of non-violent parents.  The sons of the most violent parents are 1000 times more likely to become wife beaters.
  • Children who witness violence at home display emotional and behavioral disturbances as diverse as withdrawal, low self esteem, nightmares, self blame, and aggression against peers, family members and property.
  • A comparison of delinquent youth found that a history of family violence or abuse is the most significant difference between the two groups.
  • Over 3 million children are at risk of exposure to parental violence each year.
  • Older persons are battered also. Two/Thirds of elder domestic abuse and neglect are women with more than half of all reported elder abuse reportedly caused by a family member.
  • In West Virginia, a domestic homicide occurs every ten days.
  • In West Virginia, one woman is raped everyday.
  • In West Virginia, thirty-three percent of all murders are Domestic Violence related.
  • The State of West Virginia ranks second highest in the nation for Domestic Violence incidents.
  • NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO BATTER OR ABUSE YOU !!

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 Domestic Violence Protection Order

     If you are a victim of Domestic Violence, one action you may consider is to file a Protection Order in Magistrate Court.  A Domestic Violence Protection Order is a civil order that can:

  • Order the abuser not to hurt or harass you;
  • Give you temporary custody of your children;
  • Give you temporary possession of your residence;
  • Order child and spouse support;
  • Order the abuser to stay away from your place of employment and away from your children's school.

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 How to get a Protection Order:

  1. Go to a Magistrate Court and tell the clerk that you want to file a petition for a Domestic Violence Protection Order.
  2. Explain your need for protection to the clerk and ask for help in completing the forms required. You do not need witnesses, an attorney, or a police report to file.  Filing for a Protection Order is free.
  3. You will be expected to initial all statements that are true; describe the violence you abuser threatened to do or did; and initial what action you want the court to take.
  4. After completing the forms, you will have a hearing with the judge that day.  Try to explain the exact time, date, and extent of your injuries and why you fear the abuser.   If a Temporary Order is granted you will receive a copy of the order, and the abuser will be served with an order to appear within 5 days.
  5. At the second hearing, the magistrate will listen and question both you and the abuser.   Be prepared to tell the judge when, where and with what you were beaten and why you are afraid of the abuser.  If you have any witnesses, take then to court with you.   The judge will then decide whether to issue a Final Protection Order that will last up to 90 days. (This may be extended if you file for divorce before the order expires)
  6. Keep a certified copy of the Protection Order with you at all times.   A valid protection order is effective in every county in West Virginia and every state in the United States.
  7. If the abuser breaks the Protection Order, call the police and go back to magistrate court to file a complaint charge.

The police can file criminal charges of either Domestic Assault (threats or attempts of physical abuse) or Domestic Battery (actual physical contact) when probable cause exists that a crime has occurred. The police do not have to witness the crime to file said charges.  This is a separate proceeding from that of a Domestic Violence Petition and can only be dismissed prior to a hearing by a motion from the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.

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 Domestic Violence Resource Centers

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE

BRANCHES

  • Hotline:  Branches has a 24 hour Hotline (1-888-538-9838) where trained staff are on duty at all times to provide crisis intervention counseling, information, linkage to other agencies and arrangements for shelter at Branches or another Shelters if necessary.

  • Counseling:  Branches offers individual counseling to the victim of domestic violence, both in a shelter setting, for outside clients, and for outreach catchment areas.  The goal of counseling is to educate the victim about he cycle of violence and empower the individual to make healthy decisions toward their independence.  Adult Support Group is offered weekly to residents and outside clients.

  • Children's Programs: Branches offers individual and group counseling to children while in residency as well as outside client contact.   The children's counselor provides weekly children's support group and facility awareness for children's programs via presentations and educational seminars. 

  • Children's Childcare Advocate. Provides childcare for residents and outside clients, while victims progress toward independence.   Childcare worker uses creative activities while monitoring the child's behavior, academics, and physical and mental skills. 

  • Legal Advocacy:  A full-time legal advocate is available to assist and provide victims with legal options. Legal Advocate provides support while accompanying to court and can define legal terms within the pro se divorce.

  • Case Manager:  The case manager acts as the liaison with the clients and community services within the community.  The C.M. develop service plans with the client regarding their specific needs. The C.M. may link the client with medical, housing, financial, employment, and educational agencies.   The C.M. works closely with Counselors and Legal Advocates to address the needs of the clients. 

  • Shelter: While staying at the shelter, victims will have the chance to rest and heal in a safe environment.  They will be helped by professional staff and trained volunteers to access their plans and examine their options.   The shelter provides food and clothing and there is no charge for any services.   Residents are asked to follow up their service plans, complete daily chores and participate in counseling.  Residents may stay up to three weeks.  At that time, an extension may be granted.  Residents are asked to write a letter to the director explaining goals they have accomplished and what they will continue working on.  The director then decides eligibility for the extension.

  • Outreach Advocate:  The Outreach Advocate offers individual crisis counseling, court accompaniment and referrals to other services for victims of domestic violence.  The goal of the O.A. is to educate the victims about the cycle of violence, offer support and to empower the victim to take control of her/his life without violence.  O.A. also facilitates awareness of domestic violence via presentations and educational seminars to the public, clubs and various organizations.


 COUNTY LOCATOR

Select the appropriate West Virginia County for detailed information.

COUNTY PROGRAM COUNTY PROGRAM
Barbour Women's Aid In Crisis Mason Branches Domestic Violence Shelter
Berkeley Shenandoah Women's Center Mercer Stop Abusive Family Environments
Boone Resolve Family Abuse Program Mineral Family Crisis Center
Braxton Women's Aid in Crisis Mingo Tug Valley Recovery Shelter
Brooke Family Violence Protection Program Monongalia Rape & Domestic Violence Information Center
Cabell Branches Domestic Violence Shelter Monroe Family Refuge Center
Calhoun Family Crisis Intervention Center Morgan Shenandoah Women's Center
Clay Resolve Family Abuse Program McDowell Stop Abusive Family Environments
Doddridge HOPE, Inc. Nicholas Women's Resource Center
Fayette Women's Resource Center Ohio Family Violence Prevention Program
Gilmer HOPE, Inc Pendleton Family Crisis Center
Grant Family Crisis Center Pleasants Family Crisis Intervention Center
Greenbrier Family Refuge Center Pocahontas Family Refuge Center
Hampshire Family Crisis Center Preston Rape & Domestic Violence Information Center
Hancock Family Violence Prevention Program Putnam Branches Domestic Violence Shelter
Hardy Family Crisis Center Raleigh Women's Resource Center
Harrison HOPE, Inc Randolph Women's Aid in Crisis
Jackson Family Crisis Intervention Center Ritchie Family Crisis Intervention Center
Jefferson Shenandoah Women's Center Roane Family Crisis Intervention Center
Kanawha Resolve Family Abuse Program Summers Women's Resource Center
Lewis HOPE, Inc Taylor Rape & Domestic Violence Information Center
Lincoln Branches Domestic Violence Shelter Tucker Women's Aid in Crisis
Logan Tug Valley Recovery Shelter Tyler Family Crisis Intervention Center
Marion HOPE, Inc. Upshur Women's Aid in Crisis
Marshall Family Violence Prevention Program Wayne Branches Domestic Violence Shelter

BRANCHES, Inc P.O. Box 403. Huntington, WV 25708 1-888-538-9838
304-529-2382
Putnam County Outreach - Megan Halstead 23 Main Street Winfield, WV 25213 304-586-3865 
Mason County Outreach- Julie Davis 507 Main St. Pt. Pleasant, WV 25550 304-675-4968
Wayne County Outreach- Karen Duncan P.O. Box 403 Huntington, WV 25708 304-272-9035
Lincoln County Outreach- Annette McCallister P.O. Box 338-4 Hamlin, WV 25523 304-824-2600

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West Virginia State Hotline  1-800-352-6513            

Women's Resource Center (WRC) P.O. Box 1467 Beckley, WV 25802 304-255-2559
REACH- Peggy Rossi 176 Pleasant Street Hinton, WV 25951 304-466-4659
Fayette County Outreach - Renee Harper   Fayetteville, WV 25840 304-574-0500
HOPE, Inc - Jeanie Triplett & Marcia Brown P.O. Box 576 Summersville, WV 26651 304-872-7875
Raleigh County Outreach  - Wilma Cook P.O. Box 1476 Beckley, WV 25802 304-255-4066

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National Hotline 800-799-SAFE

Resolve Family Abuse Programs (RFAP) 1114 Quarrier St Charleston, WV 25301 304 340-3549 or 1-800-352-6513
RFAP Outreach Tina Manns 53 1/2 A Avenue B Madison (Boone Co) 25130 304-369-4189
RFAP Outreach Becky Pritt P.O. Box 742 Clay 25043 304-587-7243

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West Virginia State Hotline: 1-800-352-6513

Women's Aid in Crisis (WAIC) P.O. Box 2069 Elkins, WV 26241 304-636-8433 or 1-800-339-1185
Braxton Outreach- Debra Cottrell 5029 Old Turnpike Road Little Birch, WV 26629 304-765-2848
Upshur Outreach- Laura Queen Physician's Office Center, Amelia Drive Buckhannon, WV 26201 304-473-2174 or 304-362-0100
Webster Outreach- Sue Robinson 207 N.Main Street Webster Springs, WV 26288 304-847-2211 or 1-800-377-6363-0556
Barbour Outreach- Faith Roomsburg c/o WAIC, 301 Chestnut Street Philippi, WV 26416 304-457-2692 or 304-362-3720
Tucker Outreach- Faith Roomsburg c/o WAIC, P.O.Box 2062 Elkins, WV 26241 304-478-2511

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National Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE

HOPE, Inc. PO Box  626 Fairmont, WV 26554 304-367-1100
Doddridge Co. Outreach- Lorena Pennell 117-A East Court West Union, WV 26456 304-873-1416
HOPE, Inc. Outreach- Pat Vankirk P.O. Box 52 Weston, WV 26452 304-269-8233
HOPE, Inc. Outreach- Beverly Pritt P.O. Box 275 Glenville, WV 26351 304-462-5352
HOPE, Inc. Outreach Schroath Professional Building, 229 W. Avenue Clarksburg, WV 26301 304-624-9835

 

Family Crisis Center (FCC) P.O. Box 207 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-6061 or 1-800-698-1240
FCC Outreach Office - Joyce Swick P.O. Box 330 Petersburg, WV 26847 304-257-4606

 

Family Refuge Center (FRC) P.O. Box 249 Lewisburg, WV 24901 304-645-6334
FRC Outreach- Danette Brandy-Condon 614 Third Avenue Marlington, WV 24954 304-799-4400

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West Virginia State Hotline  1-800-352-6513

Shenandoah Women's Center (SWC) 217 W. Martin Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 304-263-8292
Berkeley Springs- Mindy Tramonti c/o SWC 217 W Martin Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 304-258-1078
Charles Town- Mindy Tramonti c/o SWC 217 W Martin Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 304-725-7080
Shepardstown Outreach Office c/o SWC 217 W Martin Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 304-876-6679

National Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE

Rape & Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC) P.O.Box 4228 Morgantown, WV 26505 304-292-5100
Preston Co. Outreach- Rowena Mersing 104 E. High Street Kingwood, WV 26537 304-329-1687
Taylor Co. Outreach- Lisa Hall-Schiffbauer c/o RDVIC, P.O. Box 4228. Morgantown, WV 26505 304-265-6534

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West Virginia State Hotline 1-800-352-6513

Family Crisis Intervention Center (FCIC) P.O. Box 695 Parkersburg, WV 26102 304-428-2333 or 1-800-794-2335
Domestic Abuse Response Team [DART] (Roane Co)- Anita Freeland 317 Market Street Spencer, WV 25276 304-927-4632
D.A.R.T. Calhoun County- Lori Fleagle P.O. Box 583 Grantsville, WV 26147 304-354-9254
Center on Family Issues [COFI] House Pleasants County - Sheila Washburn 213 Second Street St. Mary's, WV 26170 304-684-3961 or pager 420-4097
SODA Jackson County- Missy Riggs P.O. Box 811 Ripley, WV 25271 304-372-2011
DOVE- Debbie Isenhart 600 Main Street Harrisville 26362 304-643-2407

 

Stop Abusive Family Environments (SAFE) P.O. Box 234 Welch, WV 24801 304-436-8117
SAFE Wyoming County- Pam Hayden P.O. Box 1152 Pineville, WV 24874 304-732-8167
SAFE Mercer County-Tamara Vaught  P.O. Box 1534 Bluefield, WV 24701 304-324-7820

National Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE

YWCA Family Violence Prevention Center 1100 Chapline Street Wheeling, WV 26003 304-232-2748 or 1-800-698-1247
Marshall County Outreach c/o FVP, 1100 Chapline Street Wheeling, WV 26003 304-845-9150
Wetzel Co. Outreach- Sharon Parker c/o FVP, 1100 Chapline Street Wheeling, WV 26003 304-455-6400

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Tug Valley Recovery Shelter (TVRS) P.O. Box 677 Williamson, WV 25661 304-235-6121
Logan County Outreach- Becky Reed P.O. Box 114 Cora, WV 25614 304-239-2961
West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence Elk Office Center 4710 Chimney Drive, #A Charleston, WV 25302 304-965-3552

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