Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County

Domestic Violence Services provides emergency shelter, counseling, advocacy and community education around the issues of domestic violence.

Our confidential and secure Safe House provides a temporary safe place for victims of domestic violence (and their children) who are forced to flee their home for safety reasons. Advocates are on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support, education and counseling, as well as information and referral to community resources. Services provided during the stay help to stabilize the victim’s immediate crisis as well as support long term goal planning.

Domestic violence counseling works with victims to explore relationship alternatives, establish short and long term goals, develop self-esteem and promote personal growth. Support groups provide participants with an outlet to share their experiences and growth process with other victims. Counseling services are available to both shelter residents and non-residents.

Children are deeply affected by domestic violence. Not only are they likely to suffer physical, psychological and behavioral problems as a result of living in a home with domestic violence, they may grow up to repeat their parents’ behavior. Witnessing family violence can predispose them to become involved in an abusive relationship, either as a victim or a perpetrator.

DVS offers a multi-faceted program for children, with age-appropriate programs utilizing arts and crafts, music, books, games, movement, gardening and homework time. DVS also offers activities and field trips for parents and children and individual supportive counseling.

Children’s services are also available to non-shelter residents whose parents are participating in counseling.

Contact Information

35 E. Orange St
Lancaster, PA 17602


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Areas of Expertise

  • Children and Youth
  • Safety
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