Welcome To Genesis House Domestic Violence Center Of Lorain County

Our Mission

At Genesis House, our Mission is to provide a comprehensive range of family-focused services for Lorain County victims of domestic violence. We strive to provide tools to both survivors and loved ones affected by domestic violence in order to:

  • Maximize victim’s opportunity to survive and families to heal

  • Obtain physical and mental well being, while helping them to gain independence

  • Minimize the trauma involved in coping with family violence

 

We serve a dual purpose to be both a part of a collaborative community effort to provide a responsive system of care for victims while also raising awareness about domestic violence. Home isn’t always a safe and happy place. With Genesis House Shelter there’s help and hope. If you or someone you love is being hurt, help is available, 24 hours a day.

Domestic Violence Facts

  • Domestic violence is a crime. It is the single most major cause of injury to women – more than rapes, muggings, and auto accidents combined.

  • Battery is recurrent and escalates, becoming more frequent and more violent over time often resulting in serious injury or death.

  • Drugs and alcohol do not cause battering.

  • Domestic violence occurs among all races, economic levels, religions and sexual identification.

  • On average, 20 people experience intimate partner physical violence every minuet in the United States. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually.

  • Females ages 16-24 are the most vulnerable to intimate partner violence than any other age group-almost triple the national average.

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contacts sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, posttraumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, etc...

  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 25 men have been injured by an intimate partner.

  • 1 in 10 women have been raped by an intimate partner (data is unavailable on male victims).

  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked

  • An abusers access to a firearm increases the risk of intimate partner femicide by 400%.

  • 34% of women homicide victims over the age of 15 are killed by their husbands, ex-husbands, or boyfriends. 5% of male murder victims were killed by an intimate partner.

  • 94% of murder-suicide victims are female.

  • Women are 7 to 10 times more likely to be injured in acts of intimate violence then men are.

  • Approximately 37% of obstetric patients - of every race, class, and educational background- report being physically abused while pregnant

  • 32% of women are victimized again within six months following a domestic violence incident.

  • More than 53% of male batterers also beat their children.

  • If male children see domestic violence, they are 700 times more likely to repeat violence. If male children experience domestic violence, they are 1,000  times more likely to repeat violence.

Our Services

  • Genesis House is the only domestic violence shelter in Lorain County

  • We provide information, shelter, and support to men women and children of all ages who are fleeing domestic violence, and provide for all basic needs while they are in shelter

AfterCare Services

  • Genesis House provides continued supportive services to survivors of domestic violence after they have left our shelter

  • Gatherings are held regularly for AfterCare participants, and basic needs items are continually offered to program participants

Hotline

  • Genesis House provides a 24-hour crisis hotline

  • The numbers are 440-323-3400, 440-244-1853 or toll free 1-866-213-1188

  • Genesis House offers support groups at different days and times, at different locations in Lorain County

  • To attend a support group, simply call the hotline for more information

  • Our Legal Advocates are stationed at municipal courts throughout Lorain County

  • They provide support and accompaniment to victims at court hearings and to obtain protection orders

  • Legal Advocates help victims understand their rights as a crime victim.

  • Genesis House employs an advocate whose special focus is working with people who are living with a disability. She provides an additional layer of advocacy for people in shelter, in the community and in AfterCare programming who may have a disability.

  • Genesis House facilitates a domestic violence support and education group at Gathering Hope House, a drop-in center for people who have a sever mental illness.  

  • Genesis House also collaborates in initiatives like the Functional Needs Committee and the Elder Abuse Network.

  • The Child Advocate at Genesis House has a degree in Art Therapy, and she facilitates art groups with children in the community who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence.  These groups are not clinical in nature and are meant to help children who’ve experienced family violence identify an alternate form of self-expression to increase their tools to cope with trauma.

  • Children’s Advocacy is done with each child who comes through shelter, consisting of age-appropriate activities, groups and linkage with community resources

  • Developmental screenings are done with the youngest children in shelter, using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire

Project S.A.F.E. (Safety for Animal and Families in Emergencies)

  • Genesis House has partnered with the Friendship APL to develop a fostering program for the companion animals of survivors who are in shelter.

  • Genesis House provides evidence-based prevention education to every school district in Lorain County, reaching thousands of students each year

  • Teen Street Teams exist throughout schools in Lorain County.  These are groups of students who have committed to offering a voice against domestic violence, and educating their peers about dating violence.  Teacher advisors lead these groups, with the technical assistance of our Manager of Community Education. 

  • Genesis House won the Ohio Attorney General’s 2011 Promising Practice Award for our work in creating the Teen Street Team program

  • MAP (Men’s Anti-violence Program) is an evidence-based batterer’s intervention program facilitated by Genesis House. 

  • The program is a 26 week curriculum focusing on accountability and ideology of the batterer

  • This program meets or exceeds all Best Practice standards for the State of Ohio Batterer’s Intervention Programming. 

Acknowledgments 

 From everyone here at Lorain County Safe Harbor/Genesis House, we gratefully acknowledge support for our programs from the following agencies:

Special Thanks To...

Lorain County Board of Mental Health

 Genesis House is honored to be a 2018 recipient of a Mary Kay Foundation shelter grant.  Thank you, Mary Kay Foundation for your wonderful support!  View their website at www.marykayfoundation.org

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24/7 Crisis Hotline
(440)-244-1853
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(440)-323-3400
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Safety Planning

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Lorain County Safe Harbor/Genesis House

P.O. Box 718

Lorain, Ohio 44052

Call 24 Hours

(440)-244-1853

(440)-323-3400

or call toll free

1-866-213-1188

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