The Center for Women & Families
The Center assists all qualified individuals and their dependents, regardless of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, religion, age, disability, immigration status, or language proficiency, by providing the following supportive services:
Crisis Response: The Center operates a crisis phone line for immediate safety planning and assistance 24 hours/day, 365 days/year.
Emergency Shelter: The Center has a shelter at our downtown Louisville campus where individuals and their children can reside in a safe and secure place while receiving assistance to rebuild their lives and move into permanent housing.
Sexual Assault Services: The Center provides 24-hour on-site advocacy at area hospitals to victims of sexual assault. We also have a specially equipped room at our JET campus where individuals who have been sexually assaulted and do not have other medical issues may choose to undergo a sexual assault forensic exam instead of going to a hospital emergency room. Our environment offers them the timely attention, care, privacy and support that are often sacrificed in a busy emergency room.
Advocacy and Support: The Center works with clients to address immediate and long-term emotional, physical and mental effects of the abuse they have experienced. Through case management, counseling, therapy, support, and psycho-educational groups, economic success activities, and immigrant services, The Center’s advocates help clients reduce their risk factors, cultivate resiliency factors, and become engaged with their communities to lead empowered lives. CWF advocates also provide legal advocacy, which includes accompanying clients to court when they are pursuing protective orders.
Housing: The Center maintains transitional housing units for families that lack safe long-term housing options after moving from emergency shelter. CWF also supports clients in finding permanent housing and providing financial and case management assistance through our rapid rehousing programs.
Children’s Services: The Center provides direct services and assistance to children who have been victimized by exposure to intimate partner violence, including safety planning and psycho-educational groups for children five years and older, tutoring and academic support, and activities to help them develop positive social interaction skills, build their self-esteem, and establish healthy relationships with caring adults. Advocates also work with parents to help them understand how exposure to violence can affect their children’s emotional, intellectual and social development, and to help them develop positive parenting skills.