AWAIC, Anchorage’s only emergency domestic violence shelter and the second largest domestic violence service provider in the state, began as a safe home program in 1977 to provide quality emergency and support services to individuals affected by domestic violence. Our mission is to provide domestic violence safe shelter, intervention, and prevention. We intervene in the cycle of violence with safe shelter for victims and their children, support and advocacy for all family members, and community education. We work to empower all those affected by domestic violence and support their right to self-determination. AWAIC provides case management, advocacy, and confidential individual and group support for individuals who have experienced emotional, physical, and /or sexual abuse within their intimate or family relationships. Services and programs include:
AWAIC maintains a shelter where women and their children may seek help any time they are in danger. Located near the corner of 13th and A, it accommodates 52 people. Domestic violence victims may stay up to thirty days while they make decisions about what they will do next. We offer alternative housing options for male victims of domestic violence.
Crisis Intervention/24-Hour Crisis Line: 907-272-0100
AWAIC provides a crisis line that is answered 24 hours a day. Domestic violence survivors or anyone who knows someone in crisis are encouraged to call and talk to a trained advocate about their situation.
Education and Support Groups
AWAIC offers a variety of education and support groups most days of the week. Education groups cover a wide range of topics on various facets of domestic violence, and support groups offer participants the opportunity to share their experiences in a supportive environment. Groups led by our onsite clinician and an art therapy group are also offered. Participants do not need to be staying in the shelter to attend, but they do need to have completed an intake with a case manager prior to attending group.
Children who have lived in a home with violence are affected by what they have witnessed or experienced. AWAIC has staff members specially trained to help children gain self-confidence and understand that they are not the cause of what they have seen at home. AWAIC provides a stable environment with play areas for each age group, an outdoor playground, a variety of healthy and educational activities, and arranged transportation to schools. The children’s advocates also provide support, education, and referrals to parents.
AWAIC offers transitional housing for women fleeing domestic violence. Harmony House offers low cost housing for up to 18 months to women making the transition to independent living. It accommodates ten women without dependent children and is located on AWAIC property. Call 743-5724 for more information.
The legal system can be difficult to understand and navigate, so AWAIC employs legal advocates at the courthouse seven days a week to help with protective orders, applying to pro bono legal services, and accompanying petitioners to hearings. These advocates are in the domestic violence office of the Boney courthouse at 303 K Street. Call 264-0790 for more information. Read More
When a program participant leaves the emergency shelter at AWAIC, or is referred by another agency, they may qualify for our permanent housing program, Moving Forward. Moving Forward helps domestic violence survivors as they move into permanent housing, obtain employment, and build healthy, safe lives. Participants may remain in this program for up to six months after safe permanent housing has been obtained. Call 743-5752 for more information. Read More
Alaska Native Women in Anchorage (Willa’s Way)
Women from rural areas often function better in an intimate setting. AWAIC and Southcentral Foundation offer the Willa’s Way program, where women live in smaller safe houses and have a dedicated case manager. To contact the Willa's Way program please call 729-2500.
Alaska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Intervention Project (ADVSAIP)
Following an abusive incident, survivors often face many challenges. These challenges include legal questions, need for emotional support, information, and financial assistance. ADVSAIP provides for these needs to survivors of domestic violence in Anchorage who meet eligibility requirements. Call 743-5708 for more information.
Prevention and Community Education
Public awareness about domestic violence must increase in order to decrease the violence. AWAIC’s Prevention department offers trainings, public presentations, and materials for public education. Prevention focus areas include youth in area schools, engaging men and boys in the antiviolence effort, and collaboration among agencies and community members to build a culture of nonviolence in Anchorage. Presentations are given to audiences ranging from teachers and students to service organizations and professional groups. Call 743-5706 for more information.
Through partnership with Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, AWAIC provides an onsite clinician for participants. This trauma-informed clinician meets one-on-one with participants and facilitates groups. Participants can be referred by their AWAIC case managers.
Substance Use Case Management
AWAIC has one full time case manager who specializes in helping individuals who experience substance use. This case manager meets participants where they are in their addiction and provides support surrounding participant-identified goals. The case manager can provide information about addiction, bring the participant to meetings, and/or assist the participant in getting an assessment or getting into treatment. Please call 743-5749 for more information.
CITC Flourishing Child Program
Co-located at Cook Inlet Tribal Council, the advocacy coordinator is responsible for providing screening, referrals, short-term case management, and advocacy services for individuals, parents, and children exposed to domestic violence. The advocacy coordinator connects participants to community services on an individualized basis by working collaboratively with referral partners and participants who are victims of domestic violence. Please call 793-3473 for more information.
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