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The mission of the Alliance Against Family Violence is to offer programs which provide safety and security for members of the communities in which we serve. While we provide services for all, we are especially dedicated to those who are most vulnerable in our society.
The Alliance Against Family Violence (AAFV) has 5 locations within Leavenworth County in which it serves citizens. The AAFV is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and open on all holidays.
The AAFV was founded in October of 1984 as a domestic violence emergency shelter for residents of Leavenworth County. In 1984, the AAFV provided an emergency shelter and a 24-hour crisis line. As the agency served domestic violence victims within Leavenworth County, the agency realized other needs that our clients and community needed. The agency started to increase services one by one over the last 25 years. Our current services are:
24-hour crisis line, this is the only crisis line available in Leavenworth. It includes a local and an 800 line, available to anyone in crisis, so that the entire county is covered.
Domestic violence prevention program to educate those who use violence in relationships about their actions and what actions they could take.
Court advocacy program to track domestic violence/ sexual assault or stalking cases through the court system as well as to aid and support victims.
Shelter, food, and necessities for those displaced due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Support groups for victims and their children (domestic violence victim support group, adult sexual assault victims support group, adolescent sexual assault support group, secondary victims of sexual assault support group, play therapy for children affected by domestic violence, children of domestic violence support group, and a victim substance abuse group).
9 week parenting program that follows the S.T.E.P. program.
Referrals to other agencies a client can use to assist them in starting out on their own, including mental health agencies, social service agencies, lawyers, physicians, housing, etc.
Information and support through the judicial system, filing PFA's or PFS's, court appearance.
A satellite shelter to assist in providing services to the southern part of the county.
Provide a 10-week anger management program to adolescents along with a simultaneous program for the parents as a contract with JDC.
Childcare program in Leavenworth for children ages 1-6 and in Lansing for children ages 1-12 years.
Police Response Advocacy Program that sends victim advocates to the scene with law enforcement to assist victims and provide victims with information and referrals.
Sexual Assault Center that provides trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners that perform forensic physical examinations. The center also provides a room and trained staff for conducting forensic interviews of children.
Outreach Program which has an Outreach Coordinator that provides information and education to the community. The program ha a website and a monthly newsletter, to provide information to victims, families, and the community.
A Child Advocacy Center to provide forensic interviews of children that are have been reported as being physically or sexually abused.
The goals and objectives of the AAFV are to increase the safety of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and child abuse. The AAFV provides victims with an alternative to a physically violence and abusive situation while helping them regain self-worth and individual integrity. The AAFV strive to provide an environment that is supportive, educational, and nurtures individual growth and development.
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