Celebrating 40 years!
For some, safety might seem like a fantasy, an ideal that can never be fully obtained. Others may feel like it’s a luxury, one they might not deserve. For many, safety is often something that is taken for granted.
Everyone is entitled to this basic human need regardless of gender, race, age or sexual orientation.
Without support, however, this basic need might be out of reach. For 40 years, Women’s Resources of Monroe County has worked to provide safety, help, hope and healing to the residents of Monroe County who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Offering free and confidential services to victims or family members of victims, Women’s Resources is a safety net that provides the support needed to help change lives.
If you are a resident of Monroe County you have probably heard of Women’s Resources but you may not be aware of the vast number of services the organization provides. “Don’t let the name mislead you,” says Executive Director Lauren Peterson. “We’re not just for women. We’re not just for victims of domestic violence. We’re not just a shelter.” The mission of Women’s Resources is to provide a safe and caring environment that encourages healing and empowerment for anyone whose life has been impacted by domestic and sexual violence.
From a 24 Hour Hotline and safe emergency shelter to counseling and advocacy programs, Women’s Resources is prepared to help a victim find safety in any situation.
What began as two separate volunteer efforts, the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) and the Rape Crisis Service (RCS), has grown into an agency that serves both domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their families while also engaging the community through awareness, advocacy, and prevention. Equipped with a fully certified staff, including overnight shelter staff members, Women’s Resources of Monroe County is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the 24-hour hotline.
Women’s Resources’ first line of defense is the 24-hour Hotline which is staffed by highly trained employees and volunteers 365 days a year. From 2018-2019, the hotline answered more than 1,736 calls from 1,406 individuals. From those calls, 18 sexual assault victims were accompanied to the hospital. In cases where emergency shelter is needed, Women’s Resources has a 22-bed emergency shelter that is both safe and comforting.
At the shelter individuals can find group and individual counseling, advocacy and information about resources such as housing, finances and employment. 123 adults and children stayed in the shelter for 5,964 nights from 2018-2019.
Counseling services are crucial to aiding victims and their families. Individual and group counseling is not only available for victims of domestic and/or sexual abuse but can also include a child and/or teen who witnesses the violence, parents of children who have been abused, or significant others of victims or survivors. The counseling services of the agency embrace the empowerment philosophy and assist victims in creating safety plans and establishing personal goals. There are also support groups available on a rolling basis for adult victims of domestic violence, children of victims of domestic violence, children and teen survivors of domestic or sexual abuse and adult survivors of child sexual abuse. From 2018-2019, 1,152 adults and children received support through 5,390 hours of crisis counseling.
Another vital service is Women’s Resources’ legal and medical advocacy services. The legal advocates assist victims with exploring their options and understanding their legal rights and accompany victims to court. In 2018-2019, 491 clients received legal advocacy services and support for a total of 695 hours. 520 hours were spent in PFA court providing assistance to victims pursuing a protection order and victims were able to pursue legal action and receive representation through Women’s Resources Legal Fund.
In addition to the services offered to victims and their families, Women’s Resources is committed to raising awareness and educating the public about the issues of domestic and sexual violence, as well as works to prevent violence and abuse through their prevention education programs. Currently Women’s Resources is teaching programs in some local schools about healthy relationships, respect, consent and boundaries. In the future, they hope to offer more education programs that benefit children, teens and their parents.
For more information on Women’s Resources of Monroe County, their services, and how you can volunteer or donate, visit www.wrmonroe.org.
Also, be sure to check out the upcoming events including the 2020 Gala: Celebrating 40 Years of Women’s Resources on May 30th at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center. Tickets on sale now.
To provide a safe and caring environment that encourages healing and empowerment for anyone whose life has been impacted by domestic and sexual violence. We strive to engage our community through awareness, advocacy, and prevention.
24 hour crisis hotline
Main Office, Delaware Water Gap
225 J. Wilson Drive,
Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327
Admin Office: (570) 424.2093
Fax: (570) 424.2094
24-hour hotline: (570) 421.4200
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tobyhanna Satellite Office:
The Mountain Center
By Appointment Only – Call 24-hotline
West End Satellite Office:
By Appointment Only – Call 24-hotline
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Toll Free: 1.800.799.SAFE
Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network
Toll Free: 1.800.656.HOPE