WID believes that each survivor of domestic violence has the right to a safe secure home and the capability to self-determine her violence free future. That is why we center our efforts in providing an environment that will help the victims recover from the traumatic effects of victimization and develop an understanding and awareness of the dynamics of domestic violence by empowering them to gain independence and self-sufficiency.
Programs & Services:
ADVOCACY- COUNSELING SERVICES:
WID serves the entire family at the Jim and Jan Moran Family Center in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, offering survivor individual and group counseling for men, women, and children. Counseling for victims of same-sex relationships are also available. Together a program participant and her advocate or counseling will evaluate the participant's needs for crisis and domestic violence counseling. WID also provides Parenting and female Anger Management classes.
CLASSES & SUPPORT SERVICES:
Women In Distress partners with a number of organizations to provide additional services to clients escaping from an abusive environment. The classes and services include: parenting skills; self esteem groups; job training and placement and life skills training.
WID provides emergency shelter to abused women and their children. For many women, leaving home is their first major step in breaking the cycle of abuse. The 62-bed shelter's homelike setting creates a safe atmosphere where clients feel secure while they obtain legal and medical assistance, permanent housing, and employment assistance. WID's shelter offers group counseling and education to women and their children in the following areas: domestic violence, parent effectiveness training, and financial management. Residents of the shelter do not pay for housing, clothing, and non-perishable foods.