Emergency Shelter: Temporary, emergency housing for victims of domestic violence and their children are provided 24-hours per day, every day of the year. We provide emergency food, hygiene items, clothing, beds and bathing facilities. We offer an emotionally supportive and safe environment.
Program Eligibility: Any individual who has been physically abused, threatened with abuse, is frightened to stay where they are and has no place else to go are eligible for emergency shelter services. We are a non-discriminating shelter. Victims must be 18 years or older, unless they have children or are emancipated by the State of Florida.
To Access the Shelter: Victims may contact the crisis lines at (386) 255-2102 for local areas or via a Statewide Hotline at: 1-800-500-1119. After an initial screening by phone, victims are met in a safe location and transported or they may drive their own car to the shelter.
Location: The Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. has one emergency shelter in Daytona Beach. Due to the nature of the problems our residents face, the actual location is kept confidential. The shelter is heavily secured and staffed 24-hours per day.
Length of Stay: Length of shelter stay varies upon the needs of the victim and their shelter goals/plans.
Cost: There are no fees for shelter services.
24-Hour Crisis Line:A trained staff member or volunteer answers the phone 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The hotline provides support, initial screening, safety planning and information and referral services to victims of domestic violence and anyone needing assistance. Victims or concerned individuals may contact the shelter at:
Volusia County: (386) 255-2102
Statewide Hotline: 1-800-500-1119.
Transitional Housing (Second Choice):Domestic Abuse Council’s Transitional Housing programs (Second Choice) provide housing and supportive services to homeless individuals. Throughout the county there are apartments. Case management and supportive services are provided to assist residents with their plans and goals.
Program Eligibility: Homeless women with children. Other criteria include employment, employability, and schooling. Homeless individuals do not have to be a victim of family violence.
To Access the Program: Individuals in need of housing must complete an application with the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. they may contact (386) 255-2102 or 1-800-500-1119 for an application.
Location: Second Choice Transitional Housing Programs are conveniently located in Daytona Beach, DeLand, and Port Orange, close to shopping and buses.
Length of Stay: Participants may stay twenty-four months.
Cost: Residents are required to pay a $200.00 advance with monthly rent based on 30% of their adjusted gross income.
Outreach Services:Support/education groups, lead by trained advocates, give victims a chance to sort out and share their feelings with other individuals in similar situations. Victims may also request one-on-one individual outreach sessions. During these sessions the advocate will provide victims with information, referrals and advocacy. A confidential intake must be completed before attending the support/education groups or individual outreach sessions. Victims may contact the crisis line (386) 255-2102 or 1-800-500-1119 to schedule an individual intake session.
Community Education & Professional Training:The Domestic Abuse Council, Inc.’s Community Education and Professional Training Program is designed for anyone in the community who wants to learn about domestic violence and services offered by the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. Presentations to the public are provided, both in person and through the media, on information common to domestic violence, the prevention of such abuse, and rehabilitation for persons engaged in or subject to domestic violence. Orientation and in-service training programs to law enforcement officers, social workers, medical personnel and other professionals and paraprofessionals who come in contact with domestic violence victims is also provided.
Program Eligibility: Community education and professional training is provided to anyone in Volusia County.
To Access the Program: Interested parties may call (386) 257-2297 Ext: 19 weekdays 8:30 am - 4:30 pm to schedule Education and Training.
Location: Throughout Volusia County, typically at the location of the requesting agency/organization.
Length: Presentation length varies depending on the needs of the requesting agency/organization.
Cost: Most programs are presented at no costs. Professional training fees vary. Donations are greatly appreciated.
Court Advocacy:The Domestic Violence Advocacy Program will assist victims of domestic violence through the Injunction for Protection process. Assistance will be offered to victims applying for injunctions for protection, completing victim compensation, relocation assistance forms, address confidentiality and providing information and referrals as needed. The advocate will accompany victims through the court process when necessary.
Program Eligibility: Court advocacy services are available to any victim of domestic violence.
To Access the Program: Victims may call (386) 257-2297 ext: 16 weekdays 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. to schedule appointments.
Location: Volusia County Courthouse or at a pre-determined location.
Duration: Length of service is dependent on the needs of the victim.
Cost: There is no fee for victim/court advocate services.
Legal Program:The Legal Program works with victims who are receiving services from the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. with legal representation through the injunction for protection process.
Program Eligibility: Victims of domestic violence who are receiving services from the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc.
To Access the Program: Victims may call (386) 257-2297 ext: 25 weekdays 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. to schedule a legal intake appointment.
Location: Volusia County Court houses or at a pre-determined location.
Length: Length of service is dependent on the needs of the victim.
Cost: There are no fees for legal counsel; however, there may be fees affiliated with legal action/proceedings.
“Hugs & Love” Children’s Center:Recognizing the effect domestic violence has on children, the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. has based its “Hugs & Love” children’s program on providing a non-threatening environment in which children grow and thrive. With the parent/guardian's permission, assessments are conducted on all children who enter the shelter program, to assist with evaluating their needs for services and to screen for possible child abuse and/or neglect. The children’s advocate works individually as well as in group settings with the children from the shelter. The “Hugs & Love” Children’s Center provides childcare while mothers attend education sessions and support groups. The program has a strong emphasis on teaching children how to survive in a violent home and alternatives to violent behaviors.
Program Eligibility: The “Hugs & Love” Children’s Center is for children ages 0-17 that are residents of the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. shelter
To Access the Program: The shelter parent/guardian will be informed of how to access the program during case management sessions.
Location: The Domestic Abuse Council, Inc.’s Emergency Shelter Program.
Duration: Length of service is dependent on the time the family spends in the shelter.
Cost: There are no fees for the “Hugs & Love” Children’s Center.
Hush Puppy Haven:Upwards of 85% of domestic violence victims witness animal cruelty in the home. More importantly, 48% of domestic violence survivors delay or won't leave their abuser because they don't have a safe place for their pets.
Hush Puppy Haven is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, a separate legal entity which provides temporary foster homes for pets of domestic violence survivors while they are in shelter with the Domestic Abuse Council of Volusia County. By doing this, Hush Puppy Haven can help ease the emotional stress and worry of the survivor and the children in the family, knowing their pet will be well-cared for and loved while they begin the healing process, until they can be reunited.
Hush Puppy Haven and the Domestic Abuse Council look forward to bringing more victims of domestic violence and their pets to safety…because no one should have to choose between their own safety and the life of their beloved pet. For more information on Hush Puppy Haven, go to www.hushpuppyhaven.org