Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter, Inc.

    Even if you have a safe place to stay, you can still receive free services through the nonresidential program. Services are provided at the Shelter, or an advocate is available to meet with you in a safe location in Gonzales, Karnes, or Wilson counties and in the Schertz/Cibolo area. 

► Emergency Shelter
 A safe place to stay for women and children.  Men are not housed in the shelter, but are given referrals to  other emergency shelters or hotel vouchers to make sure they are safe and protected.

24-hour Crisis Hotline
Speak to an advocate 24/7 to obtain services, get information, referrals, or simply to talk to someone who understands. Calls can be anonymous.

Safety Planning
Assistance helping you to be safer in abusive situations; when preparing to leave an abusive relationship; safety planning with your children; in your home, work, and in public; safety with a protective order; and your emotional health.

Crisis Intervention
Helping survivors cope with crisis and achieve short-term goals.

 Sexual Assault Advocacy
24/7 Accompaniment to the hospital for treatment and forensic examination; peer counseling and  support; safety planning; accompaniment while interacting with law enforcement, prosecutor's offices and the court.

Legal Advocacy
Services include assistance with applying for an Emergency or Permanent Protective Order; Crime Victims Compensation, which can help with crime related costs such as relocation and housing, day care, medical expenses, crime related travel, and other expenses if eligible; assistance with divorce and child custody matters; accompaniment to court; and immigration issues – assistance with the process of obtaining legal status. Your batterer or law enforcement cannot have you deported under the protection of the Violence Against Women Act.

Victim Advocacy
Advocacy and services designed to help survivors navigate the path to recovery and healing.

Case Management
Service planning and assistance including help applying for TANF, SNAP (food stamps), housing, and other programs; school enrollment; daily problem solving; clothing; food; budget management; and goal attainment.

Counseling
Individual and group counseling, tailored to your needs.

Support Groups
    
HEART (Help End Abusive Relationship Tendencies) – Similar to a 12-Step program, HEART helps you with issues such as self-esteem and self-sufficiency while examining your choices and encouraging healthy relationships. HEART is done individually or in a group setting.
    
Parenting – Program to specifically meet the needs of families who have experienced domestic violence. Learn about the emotional needs of children who have witnessed abuse in the home, how domestic violence can affect our parenting, parenting and communication styles, safety planning, how to strengthen our relationship with our children, and more. The program is done individually or in a group setting.

Outreach Services
Providing services to clients at locations throughout Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes and Wilson counties, including legal advocacy, victim advocacy, case management, HEART, parenting, and accompaniment.

Accompaniment
Accompaniment and support while attending court proceedings, interacting with law enforcement, and medical appointments.

► Sustainability Services
Assistance with budgeting and financial literacy; help with GEDs and educational goals.

Information and Referrals
Referrals to other service agencies.

Children’s Advocacy 
Help with school enrollment, school supplies, clothing, and school related concerns; help with resources such as WIC and Medicaid; recreational activities; holiday parties, and other services.

Limited Transportation
Transportation to criminal justice agencies, medical appointments, school related appointments, and to other assisting agencies.