Victims Services of Cullman Inc
Tax id (EIN)
AddressPO BOX 416
CULLMAN, AL 35056
Victim Services of Cullman, Inc. is…
a not-for-profit organization that offers a host of services for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. We are a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization funded by United Way, grants and community contributions.
Victim Services was started in 1991, by then District Attorney, Len Brooks and several other "concerned citizens" from the Cullman County Community. With community support and a few grants, they started the Harbor Haus, program which is a shelter for victims of domestic abuse.
In 1996, Victim Services added on services for sexual assault victims.Including hospital accompaniment, and outreach programs educating the public, including school programs on "Safe Dates" and Bullying. These sexuall assault programs where launched in Cullman,Winston Counties and later Marshall County. In 2010 an outreach office was located in Winston County.
In 1998, Victim Services added Batter Intervention services to its host of services and programs. The goal of this program is to work with perpetrators of to reduce victim blaming and taking ownership in their actions.
In 2009, Victim Services received funding through Alabama Rural Coalition Against Homeless to offer homeless supportive services.
Harbor Haus is a 20-bed facility that provides housing for domestic violence victims in Cullman County. Harbor Haus is accredited through the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Each year Harbor Haus provides shelter and supportive services to over 100 families and individuals.
The shelter provides a safe haven for victims of family violence who are being physically, sexually, or emotionally abused and have no safe place to go. Services are provided to residents of Cullman county, however, victims from other counties and out-of-state are admitted when space is available, and on a case-by-case basis.
While we do allow time to heal and recover from the major trauma that brings to Harbor Haus, they soon will begin working with staff to develop a workable case plan for their future independence and safety. Harbor Haus features 8-bedrooms, 1-large family room, which can be transformed to suit the needs of the family. While individuals or families are in shelter, staff try to meet all their basic needs. We are able to assist with clothing, toiletries, and other basic needs items.
Harbor Haus has a fully stocked kitchen where residents can prepare their meals. In addition, we offer access to a laundry facility, which is stocked with washing detergent and bleach for their use. There are two central living areas where residents can watch television and socialize. There is a indoor play room and an outdoor playground for the children.
Families has access to services such as individual counseling session, support group meetings, court advocacy, child advocacy, and much more. As families feel safe and ready to move on, case managers are available to help find a place to live, find a job, or give additional resources. As families leave Harbor Haus, they can opt-in to have outreach services, which include case management, advocacy, counseling, and support group meetings, etc.