Council on Domestic Abuse, Inc. temporarily suspends residential services
TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA, August 19 – The Council on Domestic Abuse, Inc. will temporarily suspend their residential services for survivors of domestic violence, effective September 14.
The administrative staff cites long delays in contract reimbursements from state-awarded grants as well as increasing operating costs unable to be covered by grants as the main reasons for the closure.
“We are deeply saddened to make this decision,” said Sarah Campbell, CODA’s executive director. “However, we needed to be proactive in addressing CODA’s current financial concerns before we had to suspend all services to our community.”
In order to streamline services and reduce costs even further, CODA will move its administrative offices into its current residential facility. Advocates will continue to be available to assist survivors who need to find safe housing. The agency will also continue to offer all non-residential services Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 8 pm, including counseling, medical assistance, transportation, referrals for job training and education, and legal services.
CODA hopes to raise $150,000 to restore its full residential services. The agency is launching a social media campaign to explain why CODA services are necessary, using the hashtag #CommunityForCODA.
“If just 1,000 people commit to raising $150, we would be able to reach our goal,” said Campbell. “We are counting on our community to help provide a safe environment, available around the clock, for survivors of domestic violence and assault.”
If you need help with a domestic violence situation in the Terre Haute area, please call 800-566-CODA between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm. Outside of those hours, the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers a 24-hour statewide hotline at 1-800-332-7485. If you would like to make a donation, please visit codaterrehaute.org.
The mission of the Council on Domestic Abuse, Inc. is the elimination of domestic abuse and sexual assault through societal change and the empowerment of abused individuals and their minor children. Their goals are to provide a safe environment for men, women, and their minor children who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault, and help survivors build stable and independent lives through case management and programs focused on self-sufficiency.
Through prevention and intervention education, they are working to prevent future cases of domestic violence and sexual assault. CODA provides advocacy for clients involved in the law or criminal justice system and advocacy for victims of sexual assault. Services are available to both male and female victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and their minor children regardless of age, sex, education, race, national origin, affectional preference, disabilities, veteran status, religion, or socio-economic status.
About Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Since its beginning in 1980, the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence has worked to ensure survivors of intimate partner violence have the services they need to become safe and empowered. ICADV pursues a vision where all people engage in healthy relationships characterized by the mutual sharing of resources, responsibilities and affection; where youth are nurtured with those expectations; and where all people are supported within a society committed to equality in relationships and equity in opportunity as fundamental human rights. ICADV works to eliminate domestic violence through the implementation of prevention programs and public awareness in communities and schools, through advocacy for system and societal change, and through the influencing of public policy and the allocation of resources.