Description & History

The Healing Center is committed to the intervention and prevention of family violence, abuse and sexual assault, valuing the diversity of faith, culture and personal experience. The Healing Center helps families affected by violence to understand their options and to take steps toward healing and self-sufficiency. We provide the following services. Information – on resources that are available to insure safety, Assistance- about what steps to take to obtain health care and other needs families may have Advocacy - to other service providers, law enforcement and city agencies on behalf of victims and survivors. Referrals – to appropriate agencies which include legal services, housing assistance, entitlements, mental health clinical support and available shelters. Crisis Intervention - In an emergency we offer crisis intervention to ensure safety, provide clothing, a food voucher and referrals to hospitals, police precincts, or safe houses. Support Groups in Spanish a and English– that provide individual supportive counseling as well as group sessions. Community Education – We provide domestic violence educations to schools, churches and community based organization. We have a monthly Clergy and Community Partner Meetings, where clergy and services providers come together to discuss topics and resources. The Daughters of the Lotus Project- for teen girls who witness and are victimized by violence in the home and in response to our nation’s growing epidemic of teen dating violence. The program encourages positive self-image and goals development through creative activities and discussion in a comfortable and secure environment. The Healing Center is also the sponsor of The NYC Teen Dating Violence Awareness Walk-thon. The Children’s Project – Individual and group counseling for children ages 5 -10 that witness domestic violence in the home. Elder Abuse component we provide outreach and awareness on elder abuse, in addition direct services

About the organization

The Healing Center

Antonia Clemente
Cofounder/Executive Director
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