Who We Are
Cape Cod Shelter and Domestic Violence Services is the only 24-hour, 7-days per week confidential domestic violence shelter serving Cape Cod and the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
What distinguishes our shelter from others is the staff’s holistic approach to client care. Our clients receive the support they need to make substantial and long-lasting changes in their lives, from basic clothing and housing to lifelong strategies for safety. Clients stay at the shleter long enough to reap the benefits of appropriate counseling and to develop the self-respect, confidence, and support systems that will increase their chances of not returning to their abuser or falling into another unhealthy relationship once they have left the shelter.
We recognize that intense periods of personalized empowerment services help to break the cycle of domestic violence. Clients who stay at the shelter learn new behaviors that enable them to leave with the strength and capability to become fully participating members of their communities.
Our approach is to provide a sense of home as a safe place. We seek to reassure the individuals and children who come to us for care; to support them through their current circumstances; and help them reestablish their dignity and self-worth, so that they are able to live independently and without fear after they leave the shelter.
Our shelter has become known as a sanctuary. Since it opened its doors in 2000, CCSDVS has housed more than 500 families.