What We Do
Our shelter operates in a confidential (publicly undisclosed) location in a quiet residential neighborhood within the county of Barnstable, Massachusetts; however, it serves clients from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with a focus on Cape Cod and the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
Clients stay at the shelter for a few weeks to a few months, until a transitional program with housing or other permanent housing can be found, such as renting a room, moving in with a friend or relative, or obtaining Section 8 housing through the Massachusetts Housing Authority.
Our shelter emphasizes quality care, building the foundation for a better life for clients to ensure that they do not return to a home life threatened by violence.
Cape Cod Shelter and Domestic Violence Services, (CCSDVS), offers the following:
Families are provided with access to medical and mental health care as they work to rebuild their lives.
Both child and parent advocates work with the family in groups and one-on-one.
With guidance, mothers are encouraged to set realistic goals for attaining their independence. CCSDVS helps them to achieve these goals through:
Advocates help parents set goals for their children, too. Through role-playing, advocates teach positive parenting skills, arrange medical appointments for the children, and work with schools to coordinate services and enrollment. In addition, advocates build relationships with the schools and educate school staff about domestic violence and sexual assault issues.
Client Advocates also coordinate appropriate services for drug abuse or mental health disorders.