Circle's Services and Projects 2013
Every now and then we like to add up the work we do in the Washington County community. Usually we have little time to evaluate the quantity and quality of our work. While we are surprised by the quantity of what we are involved in within our community, we leave it up to others to judge the level of quality of our work. Nevertheless, we are pretty proud of what we do, and we thought we'd share the summary we came up with as we enter the year 2013. This poster below is the awareness campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness Month created by the Coordinated Community Response team for Washington County which was distributed in towns throughout the county.
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Video of Students Interviewing Students at Spaulding High School
Welcome to Circle
CIRCLE (formerly known as Battered Women's Service and Shelter) is the non-profit organization in Washington County, Vermont that provides support and services to victims and survivors of intimate partner violence.
CIRCLE'S MISSION STATEMENT
Women and children have the fundamental right to live in safety, free from all forms of abuse. We will support those who access our services as they explore their options. By building on the strengths of the individual, and through the collective voice of an aware community, together we seek to end domestic violence.
SUPPORT AND SERVICES
A 24-hour toll-free, confidential hotline (1-877-543-9498): Staff and trained volunteer advocates maintain a 24-hour toll-free hotline to offer support, resources, and education for victims and survivors of domestic violence in Washington County. Referrals to other service providers are offered.
Shelter: Circle provides a safe, confidential living place for women and children fleeing from abusive situations. Shelter staff offer emotional support, resources, and education about healthy relationships for residents while working with them to plan a future free from abuse.
Court program: A Circle staff member is available to assist women any time of day or night in applying for Abuse Protection Orders with Vermont Superior Court - Washington Family Division. They offer assistance in preparing for their Final Orders and are present at Final Hearings in abuse cases. The staff also provides ongoing support and resources for victims if their partners are involved in the criminal process. (Circle advocates are not lawyers and cannot give legal advice).
Support groups: Support groups are offered weekly for women who have been or currently are involved in an abusive relationship. The groups are led by a trained facilitator in a confidential location Please call the hotline for more information.
Education and Outreach: Circle provides presentations, workshops and trainings throughout Washington County in schools, colleges, to organizations and private companies, and to any other groups who invite us. Call our hotline for individual training and workshop needs.