Providing a Voice for Survivors of Violence
Project Hope is committed to eliminating domestic and sexual violence in Charles City, New Kent, King and Queen, and King William Counties. We provide supportive advocacy services to all survivors of domestic and sexual violence and lead prevention programs to stop violence before it begins.
Domestic and sexual violence affects individuals in every community and background. It is very likely that somebody you love has experienced violence or abuse.
Domestic violence is about power and control and can include emotional and verbal abuse, isolation, financial exploitation, and physical and sexual assault. Domestic violence is more than hitting; in fact, many of our clients tell us that the emotional abuse is the hardest to heal from. Children who see or hear family violence can show signs of aggression, stress, nightmares, low self-esteem, depression, and often struggle with relationships. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and if unaddressed, last a lifetime.
Sexual violence is any sexual contact without the presence of consent, which can include sexual harassment, unwanted groping, fondling, penetration, and rape. Consent requires a clearly given yes. Consent cannot be given when someone is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, is underage, or is asleep. Sexual violence is usually committed by somebody the survivor knows.
Our advocates can help survivors of all ages:
- Make sense of their current situation
- Learn more about domestic and sexual violence
- Create a safety plan
- Navigate the criminal and civil court systems
- Connect with community resources
- Take control of their life