The goals of our non-residential services are to ensure survivors’ safety; assist them in breaking the cycle of violence; and support them in achieving economic independence.
Domestic violence is a complex issue and requires the development of an individualized service plan in order to address the needs of each survivor. Staff work with survivors to identify their needs, establish short- and long-term goals and create a plan of action. They provide resources and referrals to overcome obstacles. The overall purpose is to help survivors determine what steps to take to increase their self-sufficiency and independence.
24-Hour Crisis Line
Alternatives Inc. can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling our crisis line at (765) 643-0200 or toll-free at (866) 593-9999. Our staff are prepared to respond to an immediate crisis, assist victims in preparing safety plans, respond to general questions about domestic violence and sexual assault, provide referrals, and share additional information about our services.
24-Hour Crisis Response
Our advocates are available 24 hours a day to provide on-scene advocacy at hospitals, and worksites. We do not respond directly to a residence during a domestic violence incident—that is the job of law enforcement. In our six-county service area, we provide crisis response for the following hospitals: Ascension St. Vincent Anderson; Ascension St. Vincent Mercy; Community Hospital Anderson; Hancock Regional Hospital; and IU Health Tipton Hospital.
Our court advocacy services include assisting survivors and employers in filing protective orders; educating survivors on the appropriate use of a protective order; and accompanying survivors to court hearings, meetings with attorneys, and meetings with prosecutors in order to provide support through the legal system. We do not provide legal counsel; however, we partner with the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Indiana Legal Services to obtain legal advice for survivors.
Safety Planning and Danger Assessments
Staff assist survivors in assessing the level of danger and lethality of their relationship/situation. Survivors are provided tools to establish a safety plan, including a code word with a trusted friend or family member who can assist them during a violent episode. Safety plans are reassessed as the survivor's situation changes.
Support and Education Groups
Various groups are available for survivors engaging in our services. Core topics include establishing healthy boundaries; exploring coping skills; red flags of unhealthy relationships; the cycle of abuse; power and control; and exploring types of abuse. Additional group topics include self-care techniques, developing parenting skill, addressing substance abuse, etc.