United Family Services helps victims of abuse
Victims of physical or emotional abuse do not wear t-shirts that let everyone know they have been hurt and need help. This is where the United Family Services steps in and tries to help these victims heal, while they try to put their shattered lives back together.
The United Family Services is a non-profit organization founded in 1909 whose stated mission is to provide hope and solutions for people in crisis.
Earlier this year, the United Family Services along with the Violence Prevention Taskforce held the Victims Awareness March.
The march sought to advance United Family Services mission while at the same time highlighting ways the community can help victims.
“We hope to inform the community of ways that they can participate and support victims of child abuse and sexual violence,” Lantz said.
According to Lantz, United Family Services helped almost 400 child and adult victims of sexual assault.
The organization’s Clinical Services Program provides counseling to individuals, children, couples and families. United Family Services also has a Victim Services Program which is comprised of a Rape Crisis Program and the Tree House Children’s Advocacy Center.
“The Tree House Children’s Advocacy Center works with children who have been sexually and/or physically abused,” Lantz said.
“The Tree house provides a forensic interview, medical evaluation, advocacy and referrals.”
Last year, according to Lantz, the Tree House Children’s Advocacy Center helped 110 children, while the Rape Crisis Program helped 41 victims.
This is the first year of the march but Lantz hopes it will become an annual event that will continue to build community support for abuse victims.
“Communities that support policies and programs that encourage its citizens’ healthy development in all areas of their lives at home, in school and in the community ensure their future prosperity,” she said.