Exiting an abusive relationship is a challenging, and sometimes dangerous time for survivors. Locally, the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan’s (WRCNM) Safe Home provides a secure, caring, and supportive place to stay for survivors and their family members in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Otsego counties.
A woman who utilized Safe Home services said this about her experience:
“Leaving the person who was abusing me was extremely stressful on my kids and me. While at the Safe Home my children were comfortable and able to freely be themselves – we all felt safe. I appreciated the food, availability of someone to talk to, the play area for my children, and the support. You are all life savers and life changers.”
WRCNM provides confidential and compassionate counseling and advocacy (medical, legal, housing, financial), safety planning, and crisis intervention counseling for survivors staying at the Safe Home and for those who choose not to utilize shelter services. All WRCNM survivor services are provided at no cost.
Domestic abuse is an intentional pattern of behaviors used to maintain control in an intimate partner relationship, such as physical abuse, sexual assault, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, social isolation, isolation from support systems, misusing technology, minimizing and blaming, financial abuse, using children, using coercion/threats/intimidation, surveillance/stalking, and human trafficking.
WRCNM’s Domestic Abuse Program provides services to survivors who are/have been married, dating, LGBTQ partners, two-spirited, separated, have a child in common, or are living together/intimate partners. Services are available even if you are no longer in the relationship.
Confidential help and information is available day or night by calling our 24-hour Help and Information Line, at (800) 275-1995, or TTY/TDD 711, for those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired.
If you live outside of northern Lower Michigan, you can find support and information by calling the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE (7233), or TTY at (800) 787-3224.
WRCNM believes all people have a right to a life free of violence. We are here to walk beside you on your journey.