While the local social service organizations I’ve highlighted thus far all have dealt with homelessness and the needs that relate to helping those who have fallen on hard times, this post focuses on an especially devastating area of suffering and need that exists even here on the North Shore of Boston. The nationally-recognized organization is The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center. Read on for more info from the site’s About Us page:
To empower members of our community to live free from fear, intimidation, violence or the threat of abuse by providing support, advocacy and education.
The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center envisions a culture in which domestic violence and abusive behavior are not tolerated.
WHAT WE DO
The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center recognizes that leaving an abusive relationship is a process. Our services are designed to help victims through the process, helplessness to hopefulness.
Our Services Include:
- A confidential 24-hour hotline
- One-on-one counseling
- Support groups with childcare
- Help obtaining restraining orders
- Legal and court advocacy
- Safe Home/emergency shelter
- Children’s counseling and support groups
- Teen dating violence education
- Community outreach and education
- Rapid Response Teams – collaborations with local police departments
- Legal representation by staff or pro bono attorneys
- Customized training and curriculum development
- Referral and information
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Thirty years ago, few resources were in place to help battered women. Domestic violence was our “dirty little secret,” one that was rarely discussed in public. Only a handful of shelters existed across the country. No coordination occurred between hospitals, police, courts and advocacy groups. There was no such thing as a restraining order. Battered women were frequently left on their own to develop their own resources and safety plans.
Since 1982, our agency has worked hard to reach out to battered women, to educate our community about domestic violence, and to create partnerships with others in the community who can change the lives of battered women and their children. Our partnerships with schools, churches, local businesses, police departments, court personnel as well as therapists and medical providers have created an environment that is sensitive to domestic violence and the needs of its victims. Despite the profound changes that have occurred, our work is far from over.
Violence against women continues; our statistics remain constant year after year. A big shift in the battered women’s movement has been the realization that domestic violence is not a women’s issue; it is a community issue. Statistics routinely show that 95% of perpetrators of family violence are male. Yet those who have been working in the trenches to end domestic violence have been women. While there have always been men sympathetic to victims and even those who have actively worked in the field, it is only recently that men have formed coalitions to speak out against violence. Working to end domestic violence is not about women against men, men against women, or men against men. It is about all of us working to hold perpetrators accountable and that is best achieved by working together.
With twenty years experience working with victims of domestic violence, we will continue to provide crisis intervention services for clients. However, we are expanding the scope of our services to education and prevention in order to make our community strong enough to reduce the reality of domestic violence. With a coordinated community response to domestic violence, we can stop the hitting and start the healing. Please support the work of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center – we need you.
Time to Donate
This nationally-recognized organization focused on “ending family violence in our community” includes a donations page on their website that provides a wealth of information on how to give what you can, whether that is from your wealth of clutter at home, your time or your money. It reminds me of one of my basic principles moving forward ~ that people should give what they can, when they can… And, that changes. For example, it doesn’t make sense to give a lot of money to a cause when you are in serious financial debt yourself. However, by clearing the clutter and donating those items needed to a charity like the Crisis Center, you are really doing something more meaningful than leaving the old curtains out for a curbside pickup. Or, by giving of your time, not only will you be reminded of all that you have to be grateful for, but your spirit will be uplifted knowing that your time was spent helping another. Here’s the excerpt from their donation page, clearly illustrating why the Jeanne Geiger House has been recognized for their program:
Since 1982, the Center has been a vital source of support for adults and children in abusive situations. One family at a time, we are committed to building healthier communities and providing programs of excellence. The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center has designed services to take a person from helplessness to hopefulness. That’s why we are here. We need your support.
Your donation counts!
Large or small, all gifts are important, appreciated and will make a difference to the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center’s ability to carry forward its mission. Please know that we truly are appreciative. The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is a vital resource for our communities. Please contact Elaine Cohen, Director of Development at 978/465-0999, ext. 17.
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If you have a minute to go directly to their site and learn more about the good work The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is doing, I highly recommend it! The last excerpt I’m going to include illustrates how comprehensive the program is as the website provides internet safety information, including the following warning to those who feel their safety is threatened:
Email is not a safe or confidential way to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life. Please call our 24/7 confidential HOTLINE instead: 978-388-1888