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Domestic violence abusers use a systematic pattern of power and control perpetuated against another person. Domestic violence affects individuals in every community, regardless of their age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Survivors and victims of domestic violence have a place at the Huntingdon House. Our organization offers a warm and safe environment. We make it our priority to provide a strong support system and a consistent community for you. Remember, you are not alone and it is not your fault. There are options and resources available to you at Huntingdon House. We will listen to your needs, assist you with exploring options, and advocate for you to find the best option available.
Huntingdon House Emergency Hotline is operated 24/7 by trained domestic violence counselors in order to provide information and services at all times.
The hotline operator will provide: Crisis Intervention: If there is an upset in the balance of your life in any way, Huntingdon House’s counselor advocates will help you with whatever they may need. You might reach out because you are feeling triggered in any way. If something has been a catalyst in the way you are feeling or what is happening to you, do not hesitate to contact us. Domestic Violence Counseling: Our counselor advocates provide in-office or over the phone counseling for domestic violence. We adapt to whatever works best and is most convenient you. Safety Planning: Our purpose is to talk to you about how to prepare for possible scenarios that occur in your day-to-day life within or after leaving a situation involving domestic violence. Each safety plan is individualized for each caller. Our counselor advocates can tell you who to reach out to if something goes wrong, how to get you where you need to go, what to have or bring with you, and so forth. Our goal is to provide the safest plan for your needs. Safety planning is the foundation of what we do. Information and Referrals to Other Resources: Huntingdon House recognizes that we do not provide all the resources a victim or survivor may need when dealing with domestic violence. Therefore, we make referrals to therapy centers, housing authority programs, and other organizations within the community to provide you access to the resources you need.
Huntingdon House offers a Rapid Rehousing Program to our clients, designed to be a homelessness prevention program for survivors of domestic violence. If deemed eligible, this supportive living arrangement offers rental subsidy and case management to prepare clients for long-term success.Please contact us to set up an in office appointment with one of our counselor advocates who will work alongside you to determine your eligibility for the program.
Emergency Shelter Program: Huntingdon House offers an Emergency Shelter program to clients in an emergency domestic violence situation. Clients can stay in our Emergency Shelter for up to 30 days, which is often extended on a case-by-case basis. During this 30 day period, you will create a goal plan with the assistance of our counselors. You are provided with empowerment through counseling services. Huntingdon House will assist you in creating a goal plan to progress through any actions you may take from this point on. Your goal plan may also help you seek employment employment opportunities and permanent housing. Please contact us (814-643-2801) to set up an in office appointment with one of our counselor advocates who will work alongside you to determine your eligibility for the program.
Huntingdon House offers free and confidential counseling appointments for survivors of domestic violence.You can schedule a counseling appointment with one of our trained domestic violence counselors either via phone or by stopping in our office. No appointment necessary. Just walk in!
Foster a Pet
Huntingdon House offers a Foster-A-Pet Program to provide a safe, temporary home for the pets of domestic violence survivors. Often, victims of domestic abuse are hesitant to leave a dangerous situation out of concern for their pets’ safely. This program exists to make sure that survivors have a safe place for these animals to go while their owners utilize Huntingdon House’s housing services.
Huntingdon House offers legal advocacy and court accompaniment services.Our legal advocate can assist you with filing Protection From Abuse orders, navigating the court process, and accompanying you throughout your legal process. Please contact us to setup an in office appointment with one of our counselor advocates who will work alongside you to determine your plan of action.
Michael Ayer’s Law Project
The Michael Ayer’s Law Project is a civil-legal representation project with Huntingdon House. The law project is funded through a grant from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.The project offers specialized civil-legal representation to victims of domestic violence throughout Huntingdon County. Victims and survivors of domestic violence often need representation from an attorney for divorce, custody, and other legal issues. Please contact us to set up an in office appointment with one of our counselor advocates who will work alongside you to determine your eligibility for the program. Background: The project was created after a fatal custody exchange in Barree Township in Huntingdon, PA, on March 23, 2013. During this custody exchange, Michael Ayer’s, a two and a half year old boy, was fatally shot and killed by Kenneth Ayers, his father. Learn More
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