Laurel House services are available to individuals (male and female) and their loved ones who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse. Available services include:
Laurel House’s hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is answered by highly-trained staff and volunteers who listen and provide support and resources. If you are in an unsafe situation because of domestic violence or would like to speak with a counselor about available resources, please call our Hotline at 1-800-642-3150.
Our emergency shelter is located in a safe, confidential location and houses women and their children who are fleeing an abusive home environment. Residents are assigned a counselor once they arrive and are provided counseling (individual and group), as well as assistance in finding affordable housing, legal representation, etc.
Leaving an abusive relationship is often the most dangerous time. Whether you are going to a shelter, family or friend’s home, or moving out on your own, please make sure to talk with a trained advocate to develop a safety plan.
If you are fleeing from abuse and need support or shelter, please call our hotline at 1-800-642-3150.
Our Transitional Housing Program provides a “bridge” between the shelter and independent community living. Participants in this program can stay for up to two years in one of several apartments in the community. During their time in the program, residents receive:
Laurel House provides individual and support group counseling services to anyone who is experiencing, or has experienced, domestic violence. Domestic violence counseling offers help to:
The abuse may be emotional, physical, spiritual, and/or sexual. Counseling can be face-to-face with a counselor, or it can be in a support group, where an abused woman can speak with other abused women. These support groups are facilitated by trained counselors. (At present, we do not offer support groups for abused men.)
Individual counseling is offered at our Norristown and North Wales locations.
Support groups are offered on a weekly basis in the following locations: Norristown, North Wales, Bryn Mawr, Royersford, and Pottstown.
To make an appointment, or for more information about counseling services, please contact the Director of Counseling & Supportive Services at 610-277-1860 ext. 118.
Through our Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART), trained advocates are available 24/7 to provide immediate, in-person response to victims of domestic violence when referred by law enforcement or medical personnel. DART advocates can provide victims:
In addition to working with victims, the DART staff is available to work with local police departments and healthcare professionals to assist in developing protocols and procedures regarding domestic violence cases. Staff also works closely with the District Attorney’s office and other service providers to deliver comprehensive training programs for law enforcement and health care professionals throughout Montgomery County.
Police departments and health care professionals who are interested in learning more about this program, may contact the DART Manager at 610-277-1860 ext. 108.
Educating the public is one of the most effective tools for reducing domestic violence. Laurel House’s Community Education department provides free, no-cost trainings. Suggested audiences include: parents, educators, classroom (middle school, high school, college), athletes, coaches, student organizations, faith leaders, medical staff, law enforcement, youth groups, Greek Life, etc.
Presentation topics include, but are not limited to: Laurel House 101, Domestic Violence 101, warning signs, how to get help, how to help a loved one, etc.
To request a speaker for your corporation, community organization, etc. please complete contact Lydia Lynes, Community Education Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (610) 277-1860 ext. 121.