healing well resources
We want to do all we can to ensure our church is safe for survivors and safe from abuse. The Healing Well Team will coordinate Hope’s efforts to implement policies and procedures to help our church be safer for survivors and to help protect against abuse. Specifically:
This team allows parents, survivors of abuse, and all individuals in our church to know Hope takes this issue seriously and is seeking to care for and protect the congregation.
Having a team who is focused on this issue puts perpetrators on notice that we take this issue seriously. This may act as a deterrent because perpetrators will go where they have the easiest access to victims.
This team will be able to focus their energies on this important issue and help our church’s initial commitment become more than just good intentions. They will serve as a conduit to move from ideas to implementation.
SEXUAL ASSAULT RESOURCES
If you or someone you love has been affected by sexual violence and you’re in need of counseling, legal action, or emergency shelter, there are people and resources available to help you.
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE
National Child Abuse Hotline: 800-422-4453
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE
AUSTIN SHELTERS & HOUSING
• SAFE: Stop Abuse For Everyone
If you’re in need of housing stability and safety, please contact either SAFE or Posada Esperanza. You can also reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can connect you with folks in our church who would be happy to walk you through this process.
• Therapy Austin: https://www.therapyaustin.com (diverse makeup of staff)
• Austin Trauma Therapy Center: https://atxtraumatherapycenter.com
• Austin Counseling and Trauma Specialists: https://www.austincts.com
• Austin Stone Counseling Center: https://www.austinstonecounseling.org
HEALING WELL GROUPS
These groups will be a safe place to share hurt and trauma without fear of judgment. We believe that sharing our story promotes healing. We rarely find safe places to be our broken selves and this reality can end up doing continued damage to ourselves and others because many of us are unable to recover from our own trauma. This sharing group is for you to begin that path of healing. The groups will be broken into females and males. For those interested, email us at email@example.com