AWARE provides free assistance, counseling, and support to survivors, their children, family, and friends. We can help you and your loved ones begin living a violence-free life. Call our 24-hour Crisis Hotline at (517) 783-2861.
- Emergency Shelter
AWARE’s Shelter is located at 706 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson, MI 49202. It provides sleeping quarters, kitchen and dining facilities, children’s play area, and women’s lounge. If you are fleeing domestic violence (intimate partner violence) AWARE can be your safe refuge.
In addition to housing, AWARE provides other services such as counseling, group work, and children’s activities. If you are planning to come to AWARE, please contact an advocate at (517) 783-2861, if possible. The entrance faces W. Michigan Ave, please ring the door bell and an advocate will greet you.
Advocates work to empower survivors with resources to function emotionally, economically, and safely within the community once they have exited. Children of survivors are encouraged to accompany them to safety in AWARE’s shelter.
No payment is required for any services provided by AWARE. Please remember AWARE is a secure facility. No friends or relatives are allowed to visit because of confidentiality. To access the Shelter, call (517) 783-2861 or go to 706 W. Michigan Avenue, Jackson, Michigan 49201.
- 24 Hour Crisis Hotline
24 Hour Crisis Hotline
If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
AWARE provides a 24-hour Crisis Hotline to support survivors, their family members, or friends. An AWARE trained advocate is available at anytime to provide assistance, resources, and support. AWARE has a 24-hour crisis line for those in need of sexual assault or domestic violence services. For crisis assistance call AWARE at (517) 783-2861.
Advocates empower survivors with resources to function emotionally, economically, and safely within the community once they have exited. Children of survivors can accompany them and stay with them in the shelter. Advocates are not allowed to care for children in the absence of the parent. Children’s activities are provided to the children.
No payment is required for any services provided by AWARE. Please remember AWARE is a secure facility. No friends or relatives are allowed to visit because of confidentiality.
- 24 Hour Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
24 Hour Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
If you believe you have been sexually assaulted and would like medical support, AWARE’s SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Program can offer compassionate medical care at no cost. Please contact AWARE’s 24-hour Crisis Hotline at (517) 783-2861 or come to the AWARE Shelter (located at 706 W. Michigan Ave, Jackson MI 49201) to receive a free medical exam by a certified SANE nurse.
These exams can take place immediately or within 96 hours of the assault for adults, and up to 72 hours for children under 12 or before the onset of menstrual periods.
A SANE Nurse can perform a medical exam, administer antibiotics, and collect a forensic evidence kit, if you decide you would like any of these services. A SANE Nurse can collect the evidence kit and you can decide if you would like that kit released to a police officer, which the nurse will facilitate on your behalf.
You can choose to visit Allegiance Health’s Emergency Room (located at 205 N. East Ave. Jackson, MI 49201) or AWARE (706 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson, MI 49201) to have a medical exam conducted. A SANE Nurse will be called to conduct the exam at either location that you chose.
- Children's Services
AWARE’s Children’s Programs provide support services to residential, non-residential, and transitional housing children who are survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Services include teen club, parenting education, childcare, activities, and general support for all families receiving services.
AWARE also provides free curriculum based, therapeutic support group called Kids Club for children ages 5-12 who have either experienced or witnessed domestic violence. Kids Club meets every Thursday at the Carriage house at AWARE from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. For more information or to enroll your child for Kids Club please contact the Child/Family Advocate, Valerie Daft, at (517) 783-1638 Ext. 133. You may also view the calendar for more information.
- Legal Advocacy
AWARE, Inc., employs two Legal Advocates. They are located in the Jackson County Clerk’s office on the first floor of the Jackson County Courthouse. The address is 312 S. Jackson Street in Jackson. The County Clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The advocates, Susan Griwatch and Karis Tripp, may be reached by telephone at (517) 841-2952.
AWARE’s Legal Advocacy Program provides court assistance and resources to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. This service is free to any victim or survivor. Advocates assist with helping survivors with personal protection orders (PPO’s), court accompaniment, Legal Aid referrals, advocacy, and support services.
Personal Protection Order (PPO)
The Legal Advocates assist with Personal Protection Order (PPO) applications, explain how to utilize the PPO, and when time permits, will accompany you to court. The Legal Advocates are NOT attorneys’ and cannot give legal advice, or represent you in court hearings.
PPO’s are a tool and are potentially a warrantless arrest. They do have limits. A parent cannot get a PPO against their minor age child, and a minor cannot get a PPO against their parent. PPO’s are NOT the same as restraining orders. PPO’s cannot guarantee your safety. Safety planning is important when you are in a potentially violent situation.
Basic information needed in seeking a PPO includes the other person’s name, address, date of birth, height, weight, approximate dates of incidents leading to the PPO, and, if available, a police report number. PPO’s are free and are potentially a warrantless arrest. It generally takes about an hour to write the PPO application and testimony before a judge may be required.
A Domestic PPO may be sought if the other party is:
- Your spouse or a former spouse
- Someone with whom you have a child
- Someone you have dated
- Someone you currently live with or have lived with in the past.
A Stalking PPO differs in that the other party must have committed two or more acts against you in which you felt threatened, harassed, frightened, or intimidated.
Individual counseling is available by appointment to survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault. To schedule an appointment, please call our hotline at (517) 783-2861.
AWARE has groups focusing on domestic violence and sexual assault. Domestic Violence Group is an open group that meets on Monday from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm and on Thursday from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm. Childcare is provided for 5 children on a first-come, first-served basis. Sexual Assault Group is a closed group, and is only for survivors of sexual assault that are attending sexual assault counseling at AWARE. Please view our calendar for up-to-date information about group counseling.
- Visitation and Safe Exchange
The Jackson County Family Visitation Center (JCFVC) will provide professionally supervised visits and supervised exchanges for parenting time for families impacted by domestic violence. Qualified staff will work cooperatively with courts and service providers to assure the safety of children and adult victims from any abuse before, during and after visits or exchanges at our Center.
JVFVC is located at 1697 Lansing Ave. For more information please contact Alyssa Duhr, JCFVC Manager, at (517) 768-6536.
The hours of operation are:
Wednesday – Friday from 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Every other Sunday from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm