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A domestic violence shelter or women’s shelter is a building or set of apartments where abused and battered women can go to seek refuge from their abusers. The location of the shelter is kept confidential in order to keep your abuser from finding you.
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Domestic violence shelters generally have room for both mothers and their children. The shelter will provide for all your basic living needs, including food and childcare. The length of time you can stay at the shelter is limited, but most shelters will also help you find a permanent home, job, and other things you need to start a new life. The shelter should also be able to refer you to other services for abused and battered women in your community, including:
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General Shelter Information
To utilize the shelter, clients MUST be in immediate danger due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or elder abuse.
The Reach shelter is located in a confidential location with a security system and staff on hand 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
The location is convenient to most locations in Cherokee County.
Shelter clients will be provided case management and advocacy.
Food, personal care items, and clothing can be provided as needed.
Criteria for Admission to Reach Shelter Program
18 years or older or emancipated from parents/guardians.
Can be with or without children.
Be a victim of domestic violence, a victim of sexual assault, or rape (regardless of relationship to offender), or a victim of elder abuse within the last 90 days.
Be in immediate danger and forced to leave home due to a violent situation within the last 90 days.
Have no other resources or support systems available (friends or family members) who can provide shelter or assistance.
Be willing to take part in the shelter program and adhere to all rules and regulations as outlined in shelter agreement.
Notify the shelter manager of any active, communicable disease that one or one’s family member might possess so that staff may address any special concerns and considerations.
Reasons a Client Might Be Ineligible for Sheltering
Being under the influence of a controlled substance or alcohol at time of intake.
Being 18-years or younger and unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.
Unwilling to participate in the shelter program (including adhering to rules and regulations as outlined in the shelter agreement).
Possessing a medical or mental condition requiring care that is beyond the capabilities of our facility and/or staff.
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