WHAT IS BATTERING?
Battering is more than physical violence. It is a pattern of behaviors that gets worse over time. These behaviors are used to gain and maintain power and control over another person. In addition to the use of physical violence, battering involves isolation, intimidation, emotional abuse and more.
You may be in a battering relationship if you:
- Have ever been threatened, hit, kicked, shoved, or had things thrown at you by your partner.
- Need your partner’s permission before buying food or clothing, writing checks, or making other daily decisions.
- Often go along with plans you don’t like because you’re afraid of your partner’s anger.
- Are often accused by your partner of things you’ve never done.
- Make choices about activities and friends according to how your partner will react.
- Feel you have no choice about what you wear, what you say, who you spend time with or where you go.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP?
Only you know what is best for you. You can call the police if you have been assaulted, or you can call our 24-hour crisis line: 763.559.4945. Advocates are available to listen to your concerns and offer information on domestic violence, options, and resources. We support the decisions that you make and work with you to meet your goals.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS IN A BATTERING RELATIONSHIP?
- Listen to her and believe her.
- Help her get medical attention if she needs it.
- Let her know she is not alone and that she does not deserve to be battered.
- Let her make her own decisions. Only she knows what is best for herself.
- Let her know she has options and encourage her to call Home Free or a battered women’s program near her.
Missions Inc. is here to help, offering safe shelter and a coordinated response to domestic assault through its two Home Free programs, the Home Free Shelter for battered women and their children, and the Home Free Community Program, providing domestic assault intervention services in northwest Hennepin County.
HOME FREE COMMUNITY PROGRAM
The Home Free Community Program ensures a community-wide response to domestic assault through coordination of law enforcement, criminal justice, and social service systems. Using a domestic assault intervention project model in the cities of Plymouth, New Hope, and Champlin, Home Free provides:
- 24-hour crisis phone response
- Intervention following arrests
- Monitoring of police responses
- Tracking cases through the court system
- Systems advocacy, and training of law enforcement, prosecutors and court personnel.
Services are also provided in eleven northwest Hennepin County municipalities.
Home Free also offers services to battered immigrant and refugee women, including safe shelter, advocacy, information and support, and immigration specific advocacy.
Battered women/victims of domestic violence most frequently receive Community Program services immediately following an incident of domestic violence. Eligibility is established when the incident occurs in northwest Hennepin County, where the majority (86%) of persons served reside. Persons served by the Community Program are most frequently referred by law enforcement officers, who contact the Shelter’s 24-hour crisis line immediately following a domestic assault. The Shelter advocate then contacts the victim to offer immediate safety, information, and referrals. Women and men experiencing domestic violence may contact the program directly; no referral is needed. All services are provided at no cost, regardless of income or immigration status.
For more information please contact the Home Free Community Program at 763.545.7080.
Or, if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, please contact the Home Free Hotline 24-hours a day at 763.559.4945.
HOME FREE COMMUNITY PROGRAM QUICK FACTS
Services Provided: Immediate assistance following a domestic assault including: safety planning, assistance with Orders for Protection, assistance with obtaining safe shelter, and other crisis support; systems advocacy; domestic assault intervention services; advocacy and services for immigrant and refugee women experiencing domestic violence
Population Served: Women and men who have been victims of domestic assault in the cities of Plymouth, New Hope, Champlain and eleven municipalities in northwest Hennepin County
Length of Stay: N/A
Cost: All services are free of charge
HOME FREE SHELTER
Home Free is a safe haven for women and children who have needed to flee their homes due to domestic violence. The Shelter provides emergency housing and support services to over 600 women and children each year. Usually filled to capacity, the Shelter can accommodate 30 women and children with an average length of stay of 18 days. Services are provided free of charge to all residents.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, please contact the Home Free Hotline 24-hours a day at 763.559.4945.
Women’s Advocates work with battered women as they identify needs, set goals, and access services. Advocates assist women in obtaining legal remedies, housing, financial resources, medical care, and transportation and accompaniment to appointments as needed. Home Free also offers a number of education and support groups as well as social and recreational opportunities.
The Home Free children’s program assists women with children to identify and meet each child’s needs. The children’s advocates work with children individually and in groups to help them develop age-appropriate knowledge and skills related to domestic violence. Childcare, groups, activities and one-on-one assistance is provided to Shelter children, including weekend groups and activities. Children’s Advocates also assist mothers with placement of children in local schools.
In addition to its direct services to victims of domestic violence, Home Free provides community education services. Staff members and trained volunteers speak about the dynamics of domestic violence and distribute information at community events, schools, and places of work and worship. Through its community education efforts, Home Free seeks to increase awareness, knowledge and understanding of domestic violence, which helps to prevent domestic assault and contribute to a community where everyone can live in safety.
For more information about community education or to schedule a speaker for your group, please call Kari Hitchcock at 763.559.9008.
HOME FREE SHELTER QUICK FACTS
Services Provided: Safe shelter for battered women and their children
Population Served: Women and children
How to Access Services: Call the hotline at 763.559.4945
Capacity: We have room for 30 women and children, but often operate at over 100% of capacity
Length of Stay: Length of stay varies, but averages 17 days
Cost: All services are free of charge
Schedule a speaker for your group.