Need help? Call the 24-hour crisis line: 614-224-HOME (4663)
Services for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence
LSS CHOICES understands that domestic violence knows no boundaries.
Because intimate partner domestic violence affects everyone, we are fully dedicated to providing services to victims regardless of sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, native language, race, gender, religion or spiritual beliefs, socioeconomic status, disability, relationship status or age. CHOICES uses a trauma informed, client centered approach to providing services.
24-hour Domestic Violence Crisis, Information and Referral Line
Hotline staff is trained in safety planning and also provide information as well as referrals based on caller’s individual needs.
Temporary Emergency Shelter
The shelter, which is at an unpublished location, offers a safe refuge for victims and their children who are in imminent danger and have no safe place to go.
Legal & Community Advocates
Legal advocates located within the municipal court system offer support, gather information, assist with filing criminal charges and obtain protection orders to help victims navigate the court system. Community advocates help connect victims with other programs and services to overcome barriers related to domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Counseling
Individual counseling is provided by licensed professionals to aid in recovery from trauma related to domestic violence.
Community Education Speakers Bureau
Education is the first step in the prevention of domestic violence. LSS CHOICES strives to educate the community at large about domestic violence in general and CHOICES’ programs and services specifically. Our Speakers Bureau is available to speak or exhibit at community or business events in Franklin County. Contact us if you need a speaker or an information table for your event.
Peer Support Groups
Facilitator-led peer support groups provide a safe space for survivors to gain insight as well as support from each other. For group schedules and locations, please call the hotline at 614-224-4663. Childcare is offered during some sessions.
Only 3% of domestic violence shelters nationwide can accommodate pets. In partnership with Columbus Humane as an extension of their Safe Haven for Pets program, we offer a kennel for pets of victims. There is room for 4 dogs and 8 cats as well as pocket pets. Additional space is available at Columbus Humane. Pets receive free and complete veterinary care, vaccinations, microchips and spay/neuter surgery.
Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio is a United Way agency, a member of Lutheran Services in America and a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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