Shelter House is best known for our 24/7 domestic violence hotline (850-863-4777) and the confidential emergency shelter where victims, along with their children and pets, can stay for up to eight weeks. Shelter House also has outreach offices in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview and DeFuniak Springs where survivors can meet with advocates for peer counseling, food pantry, support groups and referrals to other community resources. Shelter House advocates also attend court with participants to provide support and inform them of their legal rights. A small number of apartments are available to participants who apply to the transitional housing program. This federally funded program helps survivors move into an apartment where rent and deposits are initially covered with support reduced over time as the participant becomes more independent.
Shelter House provides various services to sexual assault survivors, ages 12 and up, whether the abuse happened recently or years ago. Victims can call the 24/7 sexual assault helpline at 850-226-2027 to access services. An advocate on the Rape Response Team (RRT) will accompany victims during forensic examinations and law enforcement interviews and inform the victim of his or her rights. Ongoing support is available through our outreach offices in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview and DeFuniak Springs. In certain cases, such as when the perpetrator lives with the victim, sexual assault victims might stay in our emergency shelter. Advocates can provide legal advocacy to victims and support for friends and family of survivors who need help supporting the victim and dealing with their own feelings.
Please refer to our Wish List for items we most need. Food, cleaning products, personal hygiene items and gift cards are always welcome as well as monetary donations.