Our Abuse Intervention Model - A.I.M.
The model we use involves 24-months of consistent and focused engagement with survivors of domestic abuse and their children. With a vertical model we have the opportunity to provide deeper solutions to obstacles faced by survivors. A vertical model also enables us to align our assets and personnel to engage with survivors in the most effective way possible.
Using this model, we consistently deliver programs and services that lead to the best possible outcomes for our clients and their children. This consistency creates stability for those we serve and for our organization. Consistent programs and services designed for meaningful outcomes create positive differentiation in how we empower and support survivors of domestic abuse.
Our abuse intervention model has four goals: helping women gain economic independence, form healthy relationships, stabilize their families, and strengthen their faith.
1. Gaining Economic Independence - We recognize the need for women to become economically secure. It is a key to their ability to live free of cycles of abuse. To help women achieve this goal, we find ways to remove the every day obstacles they face. Obstacles such as childcare, employment, food, secure housing, and transportation.
"A woman's ability to leave or avoid domestic violence is often directly related to her level of economic security." National Council of Jewish Women
2. Forming Healthy Relationships - Our second goal is achieved through mentoring. With Volunteer Care Coordinators, who have received relevant training, one-on-one relationships are formed. Through these relationships, we mentor women to consistently put into practice the skills that lead to healthy relationships and a strong faith.
"Protective factors to prevent or reduce intimate partner violence are linked to quality friendships, social support, and available support services." Centers for Disease Control
3. Stabilizing Families - With the third part of our model aim to ensure women and their children have their basic needs met for clothing, food, shelter, and transportation. Our goal is for every woman, who chooses to leave an abusive relationship, to find the support she needs in her community, when she needs it most.
"An estimated 98% of abused women also experience 'financial abuse' in which their partner controls all the money. Between 21% and 60% of domestic violence victims lose their jobs due to issues that their abuser caused." National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
4. Strengthening Faith - The fourth part of our model focuses on reducing the traumatic effects of abuse. We help deliver programs and services that address a survivor's emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Our bi-weekly support group, as well as referrals for counseling, healthy living, legal advice and counsel, parenting, and spiritual retreats help women begin to move from a place of crisis to a place of stability.
"Every nine seconds in the U.S. a woman is assaulted or beaten." National Coalition Against Domestic Violence