Our community’s resource center and shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children. Including a 28 bed emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, legal services, household establishment, outreach and prevention education. Last year, Harrington House provided over 2,500 shelter nights and over 10, 000 meals to persons and families in crisis. Harrington House emergency shelter is staffed 24-hours, 365 days a year.
Harrington House in collaboration with our community’s organizations, businesses and dedicated individuals, is committed to creating a community that is free of domestic violence.
In addition to a 24 hr Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter our domestic violence services also include:
- 24 hour Crisis Hotline
- Food and Emergency Clothing
- Individual and Group Counseling
- Trained advocates to help domestic violence victims through the legal, medical or social services systems
- Counseling & Advocacy for Children
- Legal & Life Skills Advocacy
- Domestic Violence Education
- Support Groups
Our Community Education Groups allow people who have experienced domestic violence a safe place to share and compare their experiences, discuss concerns and encourage each other for planning in the future. Workshops take place at 535 W. Harding Avenue Crescent City, CA 95531 from 6:30pm-7:30pm (except Sunday group, Noon-2:00pm).
Tuesday: Learning About Domestic Violence & Empowerment Through Education – Information, discussion and support
Wednesday: Economic Empowerment Group – Building confidence in personal finances and learning job seeking skills
Thursday: Seeking Safety – Post-traumatic stress disorder education & substance abuse prevention
Sunday: Crafts & Fun-Parents & kids join together for some nurturing fun (Noon-2:00pm) Children are welcome to attend a Children’s Activity Group during adult peer group sessions.
All our children’s groups are conducted by a trained Children’s Advocate.
Domestic or dating violence/abuse is a pattern of behavior in an intimate relationship where one partner seeks power and control over another through intimidation, coercion, violence or the threat of violence. The abuse may be emotional/mental/verbal, physical, sexual, spiritual or economic, and often becomes more frequent and severe over time.
Domestic or dating violence/abuse can happen to anyone: teens and adults in gay, lesbian or heterosexual relationships. It can happen to anyone regardless of their marital status, ethnicity/race, national origin or socioeconomic background. Men can be victims/survivors and women can be batterers; however, the majority of cases reported involve female victims/survivors and male perpetrators.
- Every nine seconds a woman is abused.
- Three to 10 million children witness domestic violence every year.
- Each year, upwards of one million incidents of domestic violence occur.
- A third of Americans say they know a woman whose husband or boyfriend has physically abused her in the past year.
- Domestic violence is a significant cause of homelessness.
- One in five female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.
- More than three women are murdered by their former or current husbands or boyfriends daily.
- It is estimated that domestic violence costs the national economy $8 to $10 billion each year in medical bills, lost wages and productivity, and other costs.
Domestic violence/abuse can happen to anyone. If you are being abused, remember that it is not your fault; you are not responsible for your partner’s actions.
- Ignore or ridicule your feelings, values or beliefs?
- Constantly criticize you?
- Act extremely jealous or possessive, accusing you of cheating?
- Question who you spend time with and/or check your phone/e-mail/voicemail?
- Control your money?
- Threaten to take your children or report you to the police, child protective services or immigration?
- Destroy your property or throw objects at you?
- Make threats to hurt you or your loved ones?
- Blame you for everything that goes wrong?
- Threaten to commit suicide if you leave?
- Pressure you into having sex when you don’t want to?
- Push, hit, slap, choke or kick you?
- Abuse or threaten to hurt your pet(s)?
If you answer “Yes” to any of the above questions, you may be in an abusive relationship. Remember, it’s not your fault and you are not alone. Please call our 24-hour hotline, and talk to someone you trust. Our services are free and confidential.