Domestic Violence Support 24 Hours
Service Provided in Putnam County Only

Life Free From Violence


For more information about the domestic violence victim go to the Domestic Violence section under Types of Victims.




Emergency Shelter

Crime Victim Services provides 24 hour emergency shelter in area safe homes for 3 to 10 days for domestic violence victims and their children. While in shelter, victims will be provided with a supportive environment where they are kept safe, can gather their thoughts and think of their options.

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24 Hour Crisis Line

Crime Victim Services (CVS) provides 24 hour crisis response by trained volunteers and CVS staff, in order to provide supportive services to domestic violence victims within minutes of the original 911 call.

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Transitional Housing

The goal of Crime Victim Services' Transitional Housing program is to provide victims of domestic violence and their children with safe, affordable and temporary housing, as well as empower women and children to take control of their lives by providing a wide range of services, such as safety planning, shelter, advocacy, education and support, so that women may become self-sufficient and live a life free from violence.

For more information see Domestic Violence Transitional Housing

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Protection Orders

CVS assists domestic violence victims in obtaining Temporary Protection Orders (TPO) when criminal domestic violence charges are filed. CVS can also assist victims in obtaining Civil Protection Orders (CPO), whether domestic violence charges are filed or not.

For more information see Victim Rights Protection Orders

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Court Advocacy

Crime Victim Services informs victims and witnesses about their opportunities to participate in the court process and assists victims in providing oral or written impact statements that include information about the physical, emotional and financial effects of the crime, special circumstances such as cruelty or vulnerability and victim options regarding plea negotiations, sentences, release from prison and fear of the defendant.

Using letters, brochures or telephone calls, CVS also notifies victims and witnesses of critical hearings, changes to that date, the outcome of the case (including decisions to drop the case, divert it, or transfer it to a different court) and the sentence (often including a certified journal entry). CVS answers questions about the process of testifying and attempts to resolve other problems that might discourage appearance at court (transportation, employer of school intervention, victim intimidation).

For more information see Victim Rights Court Processes

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