Willow Domestic Violence Center
Formerly Alternatives for Battered Women (ABW)…
Alternatives for Battered Women exists to enhance the quality of life and empower individuals affected by or at risk of domestic violence.
ABW is the only licensed provider in Monroe County of shelter and services for women and children who are affected by domestic violence.
A 24-hour hotline, providing access to the shelter, information, referrals and counseling.
A 38-bed emergency shelter for victims and children (both boys and girls, up to age 18). Residents receive safe housing, counseling and education, information, access to multiple support groups, assistance and planning for the family’s future housing needs, and legal information.
Walk-in counseling. Short-term counseling is available in an emergency.
Family programs are available for children and their parent residing in the shelter, including counseling (both group and individual), information, referrals, social and recreational activities.
Transitional Support Services includes our non-residential programs, and include small group counseling sessions, topic-focused groups, open community support groups, and individual counseling.
Court Advocacy is a collaborative program between ABW and Legal Aid Society of Rochester which provides assistance at the Hall of Justice to victims of domestic violence as they navigate the legal system to pursue an Order of Protection.
Our Education and Prevention program reaches out to students in middle and high schools and college, to help them learn how to form healthy relationships, and identifying abusive behaviors. This program also provides short-term education in area high schools for students deemed to be high-risk.
A Speaker’s Bureau that offers individualized presentations to community groups, professionals and others, about domestic violence and agency services.