Turning Point’s Children’s Program incorporates parent education, an educational based group learning program for children, and referrals for individual counseling of children who are child observers of domestic violence.
- The HERO Program (Help, Encouragement, and Recognition of Observers of Domestic Violence)
- This program strives to enable children to identify their feelings, understand family violence, gain self-esteem, and learn positive anger management and safety skills. This is for children ages 5-12.
- The LAP Program (The Early Learning Accomplishment Profile)
- Qualified staff members assess children (newborn-36 months) to determine their degree of exposure to domestic violence and if it has impacted their developmental growth.
- Parenting Classes
- These classes encourage survivors of domestic violence to heal along with their children. Parents learn to support their children by understanding how domestic violence has affected them, learning how to handle their child’s anger, and discovering effective parenting approaches to deal with the negative impact of domestic violence.
- Teen Dating Abuse Prevention Program
- Presentations on healthy vs. unhealthy relationships and red flags of abuse for teens in the community and adults who work with or have teens at home.
- Visit our Teen Talk page for more info.
- Do children have to be staying at Turning Point’s Domestic Violence Shelter to receive services?
- No. We work with children in and out of the shelter setting. The HERO Program is also given at many childcare institutions in Union County. The Teen Dating Abuse Prevention Program is given at many of Union County Public School’s Middle and High Schools.
- Does the DV Children’s Program services cost?
- No. All services are free of charge thanks to grants, donations from community members, and funds from our Second Chance Boutiques and Home Décor.
- How does violence in my home effect my child?
- According to UNICEF, children who live with and are aware of violence in the home may face: Increased risk of becoming victims of abuse themselves; a significant risk of ever-increasing harm to the child’s physical, emotional and social development; and a strong likelihood that the child will continue the cycle of abuse as an adult by becoming a victim or abuser.
- Early intervention, escaping the violence within the home, and education on healthy relationships can reduce or stop the risks mentioned above from happening.