A Woman's Place (AWP) direct services bridge traditional advocacy to empowerment counseling on an individual basis, creating change one life at a time. This dual-purpose program addresses the needs of victims while working to identify and address barriers within institutions and systems to create lasting social change. For more information on AWP's Counseling Program please call 215.343.9241.
Explore the information below to learn more about AWP's Counseling Program.
What is the Counseling Program?
As the gateway to AWP, the 24-hour hotline is available to anyone in the community to answer questions about any issues related to domestic abuse and violence. Callers receive counseling, information, safety planning, and referrals. AWP’s full-service residential shelter provides a safe place for victims of domestic abuse and violence and their children. Individual and group counseling for victims of domestic abuse and violence and their children is available throughout the county. AWP has on-call counselors that respond directly to hospitals throughout the county.
AWP's hotline. 800.220.8116, is available to anyone 24-hours a day. Counselors answering the hotline are able to:
- Provide information about domestic and dating abuse and violence
- Give referrals for other organizations
- Provide support for victims of domestic and dating abuse and violence as well as for friends and family members who call
- Access to all AWP services and information.
The hotline is the gateway into the entire organization.
AWP's full service shelter is in a confidential and secure location. Services through AWP’s shelter include:
- Provision of a safe and nurturing environment
- Provision of food and clothing
- Counseling, support, and advocacy
- Financial, housing, employment, education, and legal assistance
AWP’s Outreach Office is located in Central Bucks County and is staffed with Advocates who provides individual and group counseling to victims of domestic and dating abuse and violence. AWP’s Advocates also provide counseling for victims’ children out of this office.
AWP has a presence in all county hospitals and healthcare clinics. AWP provides:
- 24-hour emergency department response
- Emergency, on-site crisis intervention
- Short-term continued counseling when requested
- Counseling services to patients, friends, family members, co-workers, and employees
AWP offers support groups that meet on a weekly basis in four different locations across the county. Victims can gain access to these support groups by calling our hotline. These support groups offer participants:
- A peer-supported environment
- A decrease in isolation
- An increase in resources
- Support services such as food and store vouchers
AWP offers a program specifically for children who have been a victim to or have witnessed domestic and dating abuse and violence in their homes. AWP’s Children’s Advocate works with children both in our shelter and out in the community. AWP Children’s Program includes:
- Counseling for children
- Support for the parent
- Art therapy
- Pet Therapy
- Recreational Activities
Abuse Later in Life Counseling
AWP offers counseling for victims of abuse later in life, who are age 50 and older. For more information on abuse later in life, click here.
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Last Year, AWP....
- Provided 78 families with safe shelter.
- Provided 16,345.5 hours of individual and group counseling.
- Provided 1,196 hours of children's counseling.
- Provided services to 4,144 individuals.
AWP also saw a 13% increase in the provision of services to victims of domestic and dating abuse and violence.