Everyone is safe! After extensive renovations, we were able to begin sheltering survivors of domestic violence back in our building at the end of 2022. Learn what happened and ways you can help here.
1 in 3 teens in the United States will experience physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) and its theme #BeAboutIt which encourages youth and young adults to show up for themselves and also to call upon others to learn about the issues that impact them. As part of this effort, Empowerhouse encourages everyone to have meaningful and authentic conversations about the realities of teen dating abuse.
If you or someone you know is experiencing dating abuse, please go to our Resources tab and click on “Teen Resources” for more information about healthy relationships in English and in Spanish or call our confidential, 24-hour hotline at 540-373-9373.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE 2023 EMPTY BOWL
We had a beautiful day celebrating our 24th annual Empty Bowl Fundraiser. THANK YOU to all of our generous sponsors and attendees, the creative potters of the Fredericksburg region, of course our hosts at LibertyTown Arts Workshop. Photos and more news to come on specific thank yous and plans for our 2024 event which will celebrate 25 years of this fun community event.
You Helped to Empower a New Generation.
Thank you to everyone who donated to our year-end effort and helped us raise crucial funds to meet the urgent needs of survivors and their children. We surpassed our $75,000 goal and your generous support ensures we Empower a New Generation by providing children and youth with the resources for greater self-esteem, better self-care, and the skills for a healthy relationship as we break the generational cycle of violence. Thank you!
August 30 Radio program: Ted Schubel and Empowerhouse Executive Director, Kathy Anderson, discuss the lightning strike fire at the domestic violence shelter. She talks about the damage and how you can help. https://www.newstalk1230.net/episode/town-talk-empowerhouse-13/
February 9, 2022: Ted Schubel and Empowerhouse Executive Director, Kathy Anderson and Children’s Resiliency Coordinator, Jacie Housman discuss youth healthy relationships education during February’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Shelter’s New HVAC System Funded!
Thank you to everyone who helped us raise crucial funds for the essential new HVAC System, which helped to bring fresh air and virus-killing technology to our Shelter. We are grateful to live in such a generous and caring community.
Empowerhouse will continue to provide support for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Our 24-hour Hotline remains open for services and information, and advocates are available to speak with callers. If you have been working with a specific advocate, please leave a message with the hotline for a call back. As recommended by the CDC, National and State partner guidelines, we are operating under a modified response protocol. Please call our Hotline 540-373-9373 for assistance and further information.
Empowerhouse continuará proveyendo apoyo a los sobrevivientes de violence doméstica y sus ninos. Nuestra lίnea de emergencia de 24 horas, permanecera abierta para servicios e información y los advocates/empleados están disponibles para hablar con las personas que llamen. Si usted a estado trabajando con un advocate especίfico, por favor dejele un mensaje con la lίnea de emergencia y le devolveran la llamada. Como una recomendación del CDC las lineas de guias Nacionales y Estatales, estamos operando bajo un protocolo de respuesta modifica. Por favor llame a nuestra lίnea de emergencia 540-373-9373 para asistencia y mas información.
Listen to radio show with Ted Schubel from February 18, 2020:
Empowerhouse and a partnership with Mary Washington Healthcare, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Eileen Dohmann and Empowerhouse Executive Director Kathy Anderson discuss the Strangulation Prevention Training and the Forensic Nursing Department.
Listen to radio show with Ted Schubel from August 23, 2019: Empowerhouse and a partnership with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office and the Stafford Commonwealth’s Attorney. Sheriff David Decatur, Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Olsen and Kathy Anderson with Empowerhouse.
Listen to radio show from March 8, 2019: Empowerhouse Services Director, Mendy Pierce, and Executive Director, Kathy Anderson, discuss with Ted Schubel on Town Talk- The Teen Young Men’s Program and the importance of education and trauma-informed services for children and youth in our community.
Listen to: Empowerhouse Executive Director and Kenny Ellinger, Surgi-Center, discuss with Ted Schubel on Town Talk — domestic violence awareness month and the need for increased efforts to serve children and youth in our area.
Board Member Trish Jackson receives award for her strength and resilience:
Survivor of Domestic Abuse Now Helping Others.
See the news item on NBC4 Washington.
Every day, Empowerhouse- supporting survivors of domestic violence- provides free help to adults and their children. As an accredited domestic violence center, we do not charge for services. Thanks to the donations from our community, we are able to continue providing free services to anyone who needs them.
Each day we meet survivors of domestic violence who take steps to be safer and eliminate violence in their lives and the lives of their children. They are taking these steps despite great risk to their personal safety. They are encouraged when they enter our facilities and realize you have prepared for their arrival. Most are surprised that we are there; many have great humility and question whether someone else may be in greater need than they are; many are embarrassed and strive to overcome their fear of speaking about what is going on in their lives (and the fear of continued and real threats of violence). All are grateful for the hand up once engaged in the support you make possible.
You are making our vision a reality in Stafford, King George, Caroline, Spotsylvania, and Fredericksburg: creating a diverse network of community members working together to promote safe relationships, homes, and communities. Thank you for giving! Thank you for making things better with the power of your financial gift!
Please click and watch our 40-second video above.
Healthcare providers have a unique opportunity to screen for Intimate Partner Violence. The film “Ask Me” demonstrates the importance of Universal Screening which has been proven to be effective and save lives. Watch the film now on Youtube: “Ask Me”.
Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence has changed its name to Empowerhouse, Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence. We are celebrating this effort to help survivors move beyond victimization to healing and empowerment.
The mission, to empower survivors of domestic violence and their children to believe in themselves and build new lives filled with dignity, respect, safety and hope; and vision: to create a diverse network of community members working together to promote safe relationships, homes and communities, remain the same. [from the May 15 2012 press release]
Telling Amy’s Story: Learn more about the devastating impact of domestic violence through the recently released documentary, Telling Amy’s Story.
Watch the Trailer Read Susan Butta’s Review
Empowerhouse Public Outreach Office, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
Located at 150 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Postal address P.O. Box 1007, Fredericksburg, VA 22402
Tax Information: Empowerhouse is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to Empowerhouse are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Empowerhouse’s tax identification number is 52-1142547.
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