How to support domestic violence survivors in Birmingham today

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Whether you support with your time or your finances, it all makes a difference. Photo via First Light on Facebook

Domestic and intimate partner violence are all too common, even in today’s world. These Birmingham organizations are combatting abuse by supporting survivors, generating awareness and more. Here’s how you can join the fight.

1. King’s Home

King's Home
Photo via King’s Home on Facebook

The King’s Home Women and Children’s Program (formerly Hannah Homes) provides long-term housing with free services for women and adult moms with kids fleeing domestic violence and homelessness.

“King’s Home seeks to serve and glorify God by providing Christ-centered homes and services in which compassion and competence combine to meet the needs of women, children and families.”

Bonus: On Saturday, Nov. 14, King’s Home will hold their 11th Annual Kampfire for the King, a free, family-friendly outdoor event that will be open to the public from 10AM-2PM at their Chelsea campus. 

2. YWCA Central Alabama

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Photo via YWCA Central Alabama on Facebook

YWCA’s focus is on four main areas: affordable housing, quality child development programs for children of homeless and working poor families, domestic violence services and social justice programming.

“We provide shelter, dignity, hope and a strong foundation as they help those they serve find the strength to rebuild their lives.”

3. One Place Family Justice Center

one place family justice center
Photo via One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center on Facebook

One Place Family Justice Center is where victims can go to plan for their safety, have an advocate, talk with a police officer, meet with a prosecutor, obtain information on shelters and obtain sexual assault services.

“Our mission is to provide coordinated services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through a multi-disciplinary team of professionals working together under one roof.”

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4. Oasis Counseling for Women & Children

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Photo via Oasis Counseling on Facebook

The mission of Oasis Counseling for Women and Children is to improve the quality of life for vulnerable women, children and families by providing exceptional, professional mental health care in a safe and nurturing environment.

“Oasis helps people take better care of themselves, their relationships, and their families. Oasis’ clients have experienced domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, joblessness, death of loved ones and more.”

5. First Light Shelter

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Photo via First Light on Facebook

First Light is a center for homeless women and children located in the heart of downtown Birmingham. It is the only emergency shelter in the area accepting homeless women and families 24 hours a day.

“Our mission is to work with homeless women and their children to create hospitality in a safe and nurturing community, to encourage them to maintain dignity, to find hope, to seek opportunity, and to grow spiritually, thereby achieving their full potential.”

Here at Bham Now, we love supporting Birmingham’s nonprofits and small businesses. When 2020 hit hard, we wanted to make it easier for everyone to do the same. Check out our local nonprofit directory and get info on more than 140 organizations with all kinds of missions.

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