Temporary, emergency housing for victims of domestic violence
and their children are provided 24-hours
per day, every day of the year. We provide emergency food,
hygiene items, clothing, beds and bathing facilities.
We offer an emotionally supportive and safe environment.
Eligibility: Any individual who has been physically
abused, threatened with
abuse, is frightened to stay where they are and has
no place else to go are eligible for
emergency shelter services. We are a non-discriminating
shelter. Victims must be 18 years
or older, unless they have children or are emancipated
by the State of Florida.
- To Access the Shelter: Victims may contact the crisis lines at (386) 255-2102 for local areas or via a Statewide Hotline at: 1-800-500-1119. After an initial screening by phone, victims are met in a safe location and transported or they may drive their own car to the shelter.
The Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. has one emergency
shelter in Daytona Beach. Due to the nature of the problems our residents
face, the actual location is kept confidential. The
shelter is heavily secured and staffed 24-hours per
of Stay: Length of shelter stay varies upon the needs
of the victim and their shelter goals/plans.
There are no fees for shelter services.
|A trained staff member or volunteer answers the phone 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The hotline provides support, initial screening, safety planning and information and referral services to victims of domestic violence and anyone needing assistance. Victims or concerned individuals may contact the shelter at:
- Volusia County: (386) 255-2102
Housing (Second Choice):
Abuse Council’s Transitional Housing programs (Second
Choice) provide housing and supportive services to homeless individuals. Throughout the county there are apartments. Case management and supportive
services are provided to assist residents with their plans
Eligibility: Homeless women with children.
Other criteria include employment, employability, and schooling. Homeless individuals
do not have to be a victim of family violence.
- To Access the Program: Individuals in need of housing must complete an application with the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. they may contact (386) 255-2102 or
1-800-500-1119 for an application.
Second Choice Transitional Housing Programs are conveniently located
in Daytona Beach, DeLand,
and Port Orange, close to shopping and buses.
of Stay: Participants may stay twenty-four months.
Residents are required to pay a $200.00 advance with
monthly rent based on 30% of their adjusted gross
Support/education groups, lead by trained advocates, give victims a chance to sort out and share their feelings with other individuals in similar situations. Victims may also request one-on-one individual outreach sessions. During these sessions the advocate will provide victims with information, referrals and advocacy. A confidential intake must be completed before attending the support/education groups or individual outreach sessions. Victims may contact the crisis line (386) 255-2102 or 1-800-500-1119 to schedule an individual intake session.
Education & Professional Training:
Domestic Abuse Council, Inc.’s Community Education
and Professional Training Program is designed for anyone
in the community who wants to learn about domestic violence
and services offered by the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc.
Presentations to the public are provided, both in person
and through the media, on information common to domestic
violence, the prevention of such abuse, and rehabilitation
for persons engaged in or subject to domestic violence.
Orientation and in-service training programs to law enforcement
officers, social workers, medical personnel and other
professionals and paraprofessionals who come in contact
with domestic violence victims is also provided.
Eligibility: Community education and professional
training is provided to anyone in Volusia County.
Access the Program: Interested parties may call (386)
257-2297 Ext: 19 weekdays 8:30 am - 4:30 pm to schedule
Education and Training.
Throughout Volusia County, typically at the location
of the requesting agency/organization.
Presentation length varies depending on the needs
of the requesting agency/organization.
Most programs are presented at no costs. Professional
training fees vary. Donations are greatly appreciated.
Domestic Violence Advocacy Program will assist victims
of domestic violence through the Injunction for Protection
process. Assistance will be offered to victims applying
for injunctions for protection, completing victim compensation,
relocation assistance forms, address confidentiality and
providing information and referrals as needed. The advocate
will accompany victims through the court process when
Eligibility: Court advocacy services are available
to any victim of domestic violence.
Access the Program: Victims may call (386) 257-2297
ext: 16 weekdays 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. to schedule
Volusia County Courthouse or at a pre-determined
Length of service is dependent on the needs of the
There is no fee for victim/court advocate services.
|The Legal Program works with victims
who are receiving services from the Domestic Abuse Council,
Inc. with legal representation through the injunction
for protection process.
- Program Eligibility: Victims of domestic
violence who are receiving services from the Domestic
Abuse Council, Inc.
- To Access the Program: Victims may
call (386) 257-2297 ext: 25 weekdays 8:30 a.m. until
4:30 p.m. to schedule a legal intake appointment.
- Location: Volusia County Court houses
or at a pre-determined location.
- Length: Length of service is dependent
on the needs of the victim.
- Cost: There are no fees for legal
counsel; however, there may be fees affiliated with
& Love” Children’s Center:
the effect domestic violence has on children, the Domestic
Abuse Council, Inc. has based its “Hugs & Love”
children’s program on providing a non-threatening
environment in which children grow and thrive. With the
parent/guardian's permission, assessments are conducted
on all children who enter the shelter program, to assist
with evaluating their needs for services and to screen
for possible child abuse and/or neglect. The children’s
advocate works individually as well as in group settings
with the children from the shelter. The “Hugs & Love”
Children’s Center provides childcare while mothers
attend education sessions and support groups. The program
has a strong emphasis on teaching children how to survive
in a violent home and alternatives to violent behaviors.
Eligibility: The “Hugs & Love” Children’s
Center is for children ages 0-17 that are residents
of the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. shelter
Access the Program: The shelter parent/guardian will
be informed of how to access the program during case
The Domestic Abuse Council, Inc.’s Emergency
Length of service is dependent on the time the family
spends in the shelter.
There are no fees for the “Hugs & Love”
| Hush Puppy Haven:
Upwards of 85% of domestic violence victims witness animal cruelty in the home. More importantly, 48% of domestic violence survivors delay or won't leave their abuser because they don't have a safe place for their pets.
Hush Puppy Haven is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, a separate legal entity which provides temporary foster homes for pets of domestic violence survivors while they are in shelter with the Domestic Abuse Council of Volusia County. By doing this, Hush Puppy Haven can help ease the emotional stress and worry of the survivor and the children in the family, knowing their pet will be well-cared for and loved while they begin the healing process, until they can be reunited.
Hush Puppy Haven and the Domestic Abuse Council look forward to bringing more victims of domestic violence and their pets to safety…because no one should have to choose between their own safety and the life of their beloved pet. For more information on Hush Puppy Haven, go to www.hushpuppyhaven.org