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Victim Advocates

frc serv advoVictim Advocates provide support to victims of violence helping the victim through the process of abuse or assault, empowering the victim, and assisting in the restoration of their autonomy and independence.

Services can include but are not limited to emotional support in a crisis, safety planning, securing emergency shelter, resume and job interview training and preparation, housing assistance, and more.

Victim Advocates may be the primary source of support, information, resources, and referrals for the victim. They can help victims obtain competent legal representation as well as help to navigate the legal system.

Victim advocates also collaborate with others in the community to improve issuance and enforcement of civil protection orders including Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs) and Personal Safety Orders (PSOs). 

To speak to a Victim Advocate, please call our 24-hour hotline at 304-645-6334.

Elder Abuse Advocacy

frc serv elderElder abuse includes physical, sexual, financial, and emotional abuse, neglect, or abandonment of anyone age 55 and older. Victims of elder abuse may experience abuse by spouses, former spouses, partners, adult children, extended family, and caregivers.

Many victims of elder abuse prefer to maintain some type of relationship with the abuser, but they simply want the abuse to end. Victims who may choose to stay with an abuser for any reason including religious, cultural, generational, or financial can still benefit from our services. Family Refuge Center's Elder Abuse Advocate offers information, referrals, support, safety planning, court advocacy, and assistance with paperwork relating to protective orders, power of attorney, and wills.

Our advocate works with local senior centers, nursing homes, and the Greenbrier Committee on Aging to ensure a network of resources, services, and support to meet our client's needs.

For more information on this program, please call 304-645-6334.

Anne Blair House Emergency Shelter

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Family Refuge Center provides emergency shelter for survivors in our Anne Blair House. Over 15 years ago, the house was dedicated in memory of Anne Blair, the founding director of what is now Seneca Mental Health Services and a long-time advocate for many social causes including domestic violence.

The Anne Blair House, currently licensed as a 15-bed facility, provides emergency shelter in a communal living setting to survivors of domestic and sexual violence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at no cost. During their stay, survivors are provided with essential items including food and toiletries.

Shelter Advocates manage their cases which can include counseling, education, search for employment, budgeting, search for permanent housing, and more. Our goal is to allow clients a safe space to heal while empowering them for life after they leave the shelter.
For more information on our shelter services, please call 304-645-6334.

Family Visitation Center

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The Family Visitation Center provides monitored visitation and exchanges in a safe, neutral, child-centered environment.

We put the needs and interests of the children first.

We provide safety, support, and emotional security for children during monitored visitations and exchanges.

Please contact The Family Visitation Center at 304-647-0744 for more information.

Prevention Education

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Family Refuge Center's Community Coordinator serves as our Prevention Education Specialist under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) grant.  The RPE program is authorized through the Violence Against Women Act, passed by Congress in 1994. Primary prevention, or stopping sexual violence before it begins, is the focus of the RPE program. Program activities are guided by a set of principles that include preventing first-time occurrence of sexual violence, reducing risk factors and enhancing protective factors linked to sexual violence perpetration and victimization, and implementing comprehensive strategies that address individual, relationship, community, and societal factors.
Family Refuge Center's prevention programming includes but is not limited to:
  • Lessons relating to safe/unsafe touch, bullying, and healthy relationships conducted in schools or with teams, clubs, and groups outside of schools
  • Professional trainings offered to allied professionals such as law enforcement officers and teachers, business owners, youth service workers, and general community members
  • Awareness events throughout the year including informational tables, educational exhibits, and community engagement opportunities


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Family Refuge Center offers free therapy/counseling services to adults and children who are trauma survivors, as well as victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
The Family Refuge Center is committed to supporting survivors and will provide access to confidential counseling for yourself or your family suffering from traumatic events related to your abuse. 
Please call our office at 304-645-6334 for more information on our counseling services.

Youth Service Programming

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Family Refuge Center offers youth service programming for children ages 0-17 who are secondary victims to domestic violence and sexual assault.
Through our youth service programming, we are able to offer opportunities for youth to learn coping skills as it relates to trauma, gain access to tutoring services, participate in enrichment activities, assist in solidifying childcare, prevention education in the school system and community and hosting youth focused events annually.