Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

The Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program provides an emergency shelter for women and their children escaping abusive situations. This 32-bed facility is the only nationally accredited shelter of its kind in Alaska. The DVSA program also offers services designed to help women heal and get their lives back on track, as well as outreach and advocacy aimed at preventing violence before it starts.

Domestic Violence Support

This free program provides support and education to women who are or have been victims of domestic violence. SAFE KIDZ group is available on Tuesdays for those who bring children. Groups are held on Tuesdays from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the AFS Shelter in Palmer, and on Wednesdays (no Kidz group available this day) from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. in Wasilla at the Westside Center next to the WIC and Child Care Assistance Program.

For more information, call 746-8026.

Legal Advocacy

The legal advocate helps domestic violence survivors understand their rights and navigate the legal system. The advocate helps with the preparation of protective orders, accompanies victims to court proceedings and makes referrals to legal resources. In conjunction with Alaska Legal Services, the legal advocate conducts bi-monthly legal information workshops that are open to the public.

For more information, call 746-8146.

Outreach and Prevention

Our outreach advocate works in the community and in the schools to raise awareness about domestic violence and to help youth establish and maintain healthy relationships.

Women’s Residential Reunification and Action Program (WRRAP)

The WRRAP program provides residential services for abused women with chemical dependency issues. Women and their children reside in the domestic violence shelter while receiving drug or alcohol treatment on an outpatient basis with a local service provider.