Victim Services of Cullman, Inc.
The mission of
VSOC, Inc. is to break the cycle of family violence and sexual assault,
preventing future acts of abuse through education, outreach and empowering the
survivors through support and advocacy.
VSOC will accomplishes this mission in the following ways:
- Shelter, counseling, case management, community resource
referrals, and other services to help clients and their children become safe and self-sufficient
and individual counseling on the dynamics of
domestic violence and sexual assault for children and adults as well as
- Court advocacy program to accompany women to court
appearances and educate victims in court about the cycle of violence
- Crisis Line available 24 hours, 7 days a week
- Hospital accompaniment available for victims in addition to assisting victims with law enforcement and court systems.
- Education and awareness programs for schools,
hospitals, police departments, courts, social services, and other
Victim Services of Cullman, Inc. is…
a not-for-profit organization that offers a host of services for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. We are a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization funded by United Way, grants and community contributions.
Victim Services was started in 1991, by then District Attorney, Len Brooks and several other "concerned citizens" from the Cullman County Community. With community support and a few grants, they started the Harbor Haus, program which is a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. The shelter provides a safe haven for victims of family violence who are being physically, sexually, or emotionally abused and have no safe place to go. Services are provided to residents of Cullman county, however, victims from other counties and out-of-state are admitted when space is available, and on a case-by-case basis.
While we do allow time to heal and recover from the major trauma that brings to Harbor Haus, they soon will begin working with staff to develop a workable case plan for their future independence and safety. Harbor Haus features 8-bedrooms, 1-large family room, which can be transformed to suit the needs of the family. While individuals or families are in shelter, staff try to meet all their basic needs. We are able to assist with clothing, toiletries, and other basic needs items.
In 1996, Victim Services added on services for sexual assault victims. Rape Response programs where launched in Cullman and Winston Counties sometime later we added Marshall County. In 2010, Victim Services acquired space and funding for an outreach office and a part-time dedicate victim advocate in Winston County. While Victim Services has acquired funding for a part-time dedicated victim advocate in Marshall County, there is still a need for an outreach office.
In 1998, Victim Services added Batter Intervention services to its host of services and programs. The goal of this program is to work with perpetrators of to reduce victim blaming and taking ownership in their actions.