Haven is a program located in Gallatin County. The focus of the program is to provide confidential support, counseling, and legal assistance for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking. Here, survivors are encouraged, abusers are held accountable, and the team works to stop the cycle of abuse.
Haven has a 24-hour support line that is staffed at all times to assist those who call with resources and a confidential domestic violence shelter to escape. Support groups for men and women with trained facilitators are available for weekly meetings. One-on-one therapy sessions are also offered. In these sessions, survivors can discuss self-esteem, needs, feelings, ways to communicate, and healing along with personal growth. These sessions’ goal is to help individuals set goals. The legal advocate on staff explains court procedures and offers support for navigating the legal process. By providing educational classes, community members can help to end domestic violence. When someone becomes a survivor advocate, they can help survivors develop a plan for immediate and long-term safety.
Haven is working to raise awareness and eventually end domestic violence in Gallatin County. For more information, visit their website. If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance, please call Haven at (406)586-7689 or 911.
Domestic violence is defined by Oxford Dictionary as “Violent or aggressive behaviour within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner.” According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence from an intimate partner. Domestic violence occurs in all races, genders, religions, socioeconomic classes, and sexual orientations.
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