HAVEN is Oakland County’s only comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. They offer counseling services, advocacy, educational programming, and a 24-hour emergency shelter exclusively for domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their children. In January of this year they celebrated the grand opening of their new shelter in Pontiac that has 16 bedrooms and can house up to 60 people at once depending on the makeup of the residents (i.e. single person, family with children, male/female).
As part of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (NSAAM), HAVEN has given suggestions on what you can do to help:
- Reach out to a loved one who is a survivor (remind them it is not their fault, or simply spend time with them)
- Write your legislators concerning sexual assault laws
- Write your legislators about mandating an affirmative consent standard
- Volunteer at a rape crisis hotline or women’s shelter
- Donate money or necessities to organizations that work with survivors (most have a wish list on their website or call the organization)
- Attend one of the many local Take Back The Night (TBTN) rallies and marches
HAVEN is inviting businesses and schools to raise awareness about sexual violence by allowing staff and students to participate in what has now become known as International Denim Day on April 27th. Make a social statement with your fashion statement and show support by wearing denim. Click here for more information.
HAVEN’s annual Take Back The Night will be on April 30th from 1 to 4:30 at Five15 in Royal Oak. For more information, contact the Prevention Education Department.
HAVEN has a crisis and support line that is always open, 24/7, to assist victims in an abusive or unsafe relationship, please call 877-922-1274. You can also visit their website at https://www.haven-oakland.org/ for more information on their programs.