Dove House | Jefferson County
Each year, the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program of Jefferson County helps more than 475 people transition to safer lives. The private nonprofit corporation is Jefferson County’s sole provider of free services to victims of family and sexual violence.
DVSAP provides free crisis intervention and advocacy to victims of domestic and sexual violence, while working for the elimination of violence through education and social change. DVSAP provides crisis intervention, emergency food and shelter, medical advocacy, legal advocacy, individual support and counseling, support groups, therapy for child and adult victims, and maintains a 24-hour crisis line.
DVSAP operates Dove House, a transitional living center for victims of domestic and sexual violence. The building’s first floor houses crisis line workers, legal advocacy, individual counseling, support groups, parenting classes, administration, and other programs. Upstairs, a one-bedroom unit, two two-bedroom units, and one three-bedroom unit house families needing support during their transitions. They are able to stay for up to two years, pay below-market rent, benefit from comprehensive onsite supportive services, and receive referrals to other community service providers.