The Domestic Violence Support Center
House of Ruth’s Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) provides crucial counseling services to those who have experienced or are currently experiencing domestic violence or intimate partner violence. Our services are offered free of charge, ensuring that anyone who needs help can access support, regardless of their financial situation. House of Ruth’s professional counselors are extensively trained in trauma-related therapy and are committed to providing compassionate, nonjudgmental care. Our aim is to help participants determine their options and achieve safe, stable lives free from violence and other forms of abuse, in a confidential and supportive environment.
Why start therapy? anchor
Why Start Therapy?
No one deserves to be abused, beaten, controlled, or threatened. You can gain control of your life. Your home can be a safe place, free of abuse, constant yelling, and violence. You can protect yourself and your children.
Individual psychotherapy helps survivors:
- establish emotional and physical safety,
- reduce anxiety,
- build cognitive skills,
- establish goals for the future,
- experience feelings without impulsively acting on them,
- and connect with other resources in the community.
To schedule an initial conversation about how we may be able to help, please call the support center at 202-667-7001 ext. 515.
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What Type of Therapy Is Available?
- Individual Counseling
Individual psychotherapy helps survivors establish emotional and physical safety, reduce anxiety, build cognitive skills, establish goals for the future, and experience feelings without impulsively acting on them. Our therapists also connect participants with other resources in the community
- Case Management Services
Case management services are also provided. An individualized plan is developed with each person focusing on their immediate safety, mental health and addressing related issues. This plan then serves as a reference point for monitoring progress. Our therapists help participants gain access to critical resources for housing, employment, education and training, child care, legal issues, budgeting, safety planning, and more.
Who qualifies for free counseling? anchor
Who Qualifies for Free Counseling?
Children (15+) and adults who are located in the greater D.C. metropolitan area, who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence.
Where Are You Located?
We are located in D.C. at a convenient downtown location that is metro accessible.
To ensure our current and future participants’ safety, the location of our counseling office is given after an appointment is made.