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CORE SERVICES

Navigating the legal and medical system while dealing with a crisis such as abuse can be daunting. Highly trained BrightHouse advocates offer confidential emotional support to those whose life has been affected by sexual assault or domestic violence. All services are confidential and free of charge. Our team accompanies and supports victims through medical exams, police questioning, and court appearances – helping to advocate for their rights and guide them through the complicated process. Referrals are made for legal aid, financial aid, counseling and inter-agency support services. Assistance is also provided in filing protection-from-abuse or stalking orders and victim compensation claims. 

Domestic Violence

  • 24/7 CrisisLine

    • Call 620-663-2522 or Text "LIGHT" to 847411. This service is focused on immediate safety and involves assisting the caller with planning and evaluating what is needed in that moment. 

  • Crisis Intervention

    • Work is done to validate the survivor's experience while assessing safety and providing assistance for immediate safety planning. At this time there may be law enforcement or medical accompaniment or the individual may decide to enter shelter. ​

  • Personal Advocacy

    • BrightHouse advocates will work with you to help you in doing what YOU want to do so that autonomy and dignity are built.​

  • Medical Advocacy

    • An advocate can go with you to be seen at the hospital for a forensic exam or to be checked out at the emergency department. ​

  • Court Advocacy

    • BrightHouse has advocates that regularly attend public court hearings and arrangements can be made to have an advocate attend other related hearings with a survivor. This service ensures the interests and rights of the survivors are represented and that survivors are making informed decisions about the criminal or civil process.​

  • Law Enforcement Advocacy

    • Advocates are available to accompany survivors when talking with Law Enforcement and can invite Law Enforcement to the office if that makes the survivor feel more comfortable. Advocates work to make sure the decisions made are survivor-driven. ​

  • Emergency Accommodations

    • This service is intended to provide safety for families fleeing domestic violence with an environment that is physically safe when shelter is not an option.​

  • Shelter

    • We have a shelter that provides safety for survivors and their family when they are fleeing domestic violence. Shelter, food, and other basic needs are provided and information is given on community resources that may be used to help each individual.​

  • Supportive Counseling

    • BrightHouse assists the survivor by building coping sills, identifying support systems, developing safety plans based on the individuals needs, and provide survivor-specific and survivor-informed information about domestic violence.​

  • Support Group

    • An advocate facilitates meetings for individuals that promote healthy and appropriate boundaries, increase knowledge, and provide a safe and accepting environment to all who attend.​

  • Parent & Child Advocacy

    • The parent-child relationship needs are assessed as well as education provided  to help with the impact of domestic violence. ​

  • Child/Youth Advocacy

    • Provides age-appropriate group and individual activities and advocacy concerning domestic violence. Safety plans and education are both assessed. ​

  • Community Awareness & Education

    • Going into the community to increase awareness and education about domestic violence at various locations such as schools and community fairs.

Sexual Assault

  • 24/7 CrisisLine

    • Call 620-663-2522 or Text "LIGHT" to 847411. This service is focused on immediate safety and involves assisting the caller with planning and evaluating what is needed in that moment. 

  • Crisis Intervention

    • Work is done to validate the survivor's experience while assessing safety and providing assistance for immediate safety planning. At this time there may be law enforcement or medical accompaniment or the individual may decide to enter shelter. ​

  • Personal Advocacy

    • BrightHouse advocates will work with you to help you in doing what YOU want to do so that autonomy and dignity are built.​

  • Medical Advocacy

    • An advocate can go with you to be seen at the hospital for a forensic exam by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). ​

  • Court Advocacy

    • BrightHouse has advocates that regularly attend public court hearings and arrangements can be made to have an advocate attend other related hearings with a survivor. This service ensures the interests and rights of the survivors are represented and that survivors are making informed decisions about the criminal or civil process.​

  • Law Enforcement Advocacy

    • Advocates are available to accompany survivors when talking with Law Enforcement and can invite Law Enforcement to the office if that makes the survivor feel more comfortable. Advocates work to make sure the decisions made are survivor-driven. ​

  • Emergency Accommodations

    • This service is intended to provide safety for families fleeing sexual assault with an environment that is physically safe when shelter is not an option.​

  • Shelter

    • We have a shelter that provides safety for survivors and their family when they are fleeing sexual assault. Shelter, food, and other basic needs are provided and information is given on community resources that may be used to help each individual.​

  • Supportive Counseling

    • BrightHouse assists the survivor by building coping sills, identifying support systems, developing safety plans based on the individuals needs, and provide survivor-specific and survivor-informed information about sexual violence.​

  • Support Group

    • An advocate facilitates meetings for individuals that promote healthy and appropriate boundaries, increase knowledge, and provide a safe and accepting environment to all who attend.

  • Child/Youth Advocacy

    • Provides age-appropriate group and individual activities and advocacy concerning sexual assault. Safety plans and education are both assessed. ​

  • Community Awareness & Education

    • Going into the community to increase awareness and education about sexual assault at various locations such as schools and community fairs.

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