AWARE, Inc. provides short-term emergency housing for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and their families. We provide food, clothing, transportation, and other assistance such as help with employment and housing. While staying in the shelter, survivors can work with an advocate to identify strategies to meet safety, financial, employment, transportation, and long-term housing needs.
AWARE, Inc. provides advocacy and support in the community for survivors seeking remedies through the courts or presenting at the local hospital for medical care or a forensic exam following a sexual assault. Advocates can help explain the legal process, accompany survivors to court, provide help with filing for a Personal Protection Order (PPO), or provide support during a medical exam. Legal advocates do not act as attorneys for survivors but can clarify the court process and discuss possible outcomes.
AWARE, Inc. provides short-term counseling immediately following a traumatic event or a crisis. Counselors focus on survivor strengths and resilience, while building individual capacity to heal and cope with stress. Counseling is provided both one-on-one and in group settings by appointment.
AWARE, Inc. provides groups for children using the nationally recognized curriculum Kids’ Club. Developed by University of Michigan professor, Sandra Graham-Bermann, Kids’ Club is an intervention program designed for children living with domestic violence that builds on a child’s resilience and coping skills. The model stresses knowledge about family violence, attitudes and beliefs about families and family violence, and is designed to enhance the child’s sense of safety. Kids’ Club is appropriate for children ages 6-12.
The Jackson County Family Visitation Center is a collaborative project between Jackson County and AWARE, Inc. The Visitation Center provides monitored visits or exchanges between parents and children where domestic violence has affected the family, and where contact between the parent and child could not otherwise occur safely or legally. Referrals are made through the court by means of a court order, or parents can self-refer to the program.
A core value of AWARE, Inc. is collaboration, understanding that our ability to work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault depends on successfully working with community, courts, law enforcement, legal systems, medical systems and other social service agencies in Jackson County.
The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is an interagency team organized for the purpose of promoting a more effective response to sexual assault crimes in Jackson County.
What is a Personal Protection Order (PPO)?
A Personal Protection Order (PPO) is a court order that requires one person to stop threatening or using violent behavior against another person.
Domestic Relationship PPO is a civil court order that provides protection from harm by the petitioner’s spouse or former spouse, a person who resides or has resided in the same household as the petitioner, someone with whom the petitioner has a child in common, or a person with whom the petitioner has or has had a dating relationship.
Non-domestic (Stalking) PPO is a civil court order available to protect the petitioner from stalking, aggravated stalking or cyberstalking by another person regardless of the relationship. Stalking is ongoing harassment, and behaviors that may include making unwanted telephone calls, sending unwanted text messages, or showing up repeatedly at a person’s home or place of work.
Non-domestic (Sexual Assault) PPO is a civil order designed to protect the petitioner from anyone who has committed or threatened to commit sexual assault. This includes giving or attempting to give obscene material to a minor.