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Supportive Services

Counseling

The scars of domestic violence are often deeper than those from other types of trauma. Prolonged abuse that occurs in the home, the place where we are supposed to feel safe, leaves a different kind of scar.

Laurel House provides individual and group counseling services to anyone who is experiencing, or has experienced, domestic abuse. Our counseling services

help to:

  • Assess the danger of the situation
  • Focus on developing and putting into place a safety plan
  • Connect the victim/survivor with needed resources
  • Offer emotional support and domestic violence education

Abuse may be emotional, physical, spiritual, financial, and/or sexual. Counseling can either be individual with a counselor, or in a support group setting with others who have experienced abuse. All individual and group sessions are conducted by a professional clinical counselor or social worker, or a Master's level student who is supervised by a licensed professional counselor (LPC) or clinical social worker (LCSW). Individuals 14 or older, experiencing dating violence or who have witnessed domestic violence in their homes, are also eligible for individual counseling services.

Counseling services are offered at our Administrative and Outreach office in East Norriton, as well as at our satellite offices in Bryn Mawr, North Wales, Pottstown and Nicole's Place in Huntingdon Valley. All services are confidential.


To make an appointment, or for more information about counseling services, please contact Minna Davis at 610-277-1860 ext. 118.

Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART)

Recognizing that law enforcement and health care professionals are often the first point of contact for domestic violence victims, Laurel House started the Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) Program in 2005.

DART advocates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They partner with local police departments and health care professionals by responding to the scene of an incident in which a domestic abuse victim is in crisis. This immediate response includes: crisis counseling, safety planning, resource referrals, assistance with the Protection from Abuse Order process, and follow-up services. A DART advocate can be contacted 24/7 by law enforcement or medical personnel at

215-852-9826.

In addition to crisis response, DART Advocates are available to provide comprehensive domestic violence training to local police departments, the District Attorney’s office, and other service providers. For more information about DART, or to schedule a training, please contact Tara Willis, DART Manager, at

610-277-1860 ext. 120.

Medical Advocacy

In addition to partnering with local medical facilities to respond to DART calls, the Laurel House Medical Advocate visits hospitals, primary care offices, OB/GYN offices, and other specialty care facilities to provide domestic violence training, as well as resources on how to respond if a patient discloses abuse. For more information, please contact Anna Lower at 610-277-1860 ext. 126.

Children’s Program

Children are the secondary victims of domestic violence and often feel responsible for causing the abuse. To assist children in dealing with the trauma of exposure to violence at home, our Family Advocate offers individual and group activities to help children learn the skills to cope with their environment and resolve conflicts without violence.

In addition to their direct work with children, the Family Advocate also works with the parents in our Shelter to assist them in addressing their children’s emotional needs. Some examples include: helping parents with understanding children’s reactions to abuse, non-violent disciplinary techniques, understanding child development, as well as referring parents and children to schools and social service agencies as appropriate. For more information, please contact

Lattasha Robinson at 610-277-1860 ext. 104.

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