Lilah Smith Safe House

May 18, 2021 is Permian Basin Gives!

Join us on May 18 to provide hope to those most vulnerable in our community, thanks to Permian Basin Gives. Together we can:

  • Provide a safe haven to domestic violence and sexual assault victims.

  • Coach survivors to become self-sufficient by pursuing their goals.

  • Keep families together by providing critical services, aid, and counseling to keep them strong.

Thanks to a long-time community supporter, every gift received by midnight on May 18 will have a greater impact in the community. Your financial gift will provide more hope to these survivors in our community. Join us today to give Permian Basin children and families a bright and healthy future they can look forward to.

Please donate by midnight on May 18, 2021, using the secure button below. Thank you!

FREE 24/7 HOTLINE (432)-299-2285

Lilah Smith Safe House provides free services to adult survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and their minor children. We offer emergency shelter, advocacy, case management, safety planning, support groups, prevention education, and more. Call our hotline anytime, day or night, to speak to an advocate about services.

ALTHOUGH REALATIONSHIPS ARE DIFFERENT, THERE ARE SOME COMMON RED FLAGS TO LOOK OUT FOR...

  • Her abuser seems to have the final say in every decision and she appears reluctant/fearful to give a final answer

  • You realize she does not have any access to her own financial means.

  • She appears fearful of any sort of confrontation.

  • She tends to minimize words and/or behaviors in the relationship that seem inappropriate or abusive to you.

HOW TO HELP A FRIEND...

  1. Believe her - "What is happening in your relationship that is not okay?"

  2. Don't blame her - "This is not your fault."

  3. Help her begin to think about safety - "Lets talk about how I can help."

  4. Refer her to Lilah Smith Safe House - "Lilah Smith Safe House can help you. You can call their 24 Hour Hotline anytime for support."

  5. Continue to provide support - "This must fell real scary. I'm here for you through this process, no matter what."

RECOGNIZING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE...

Domestic violence isn't an argument every once in a while or a fight that got out of control; it is a pattern of violent behavior that one person uses to extert power and control over another. It can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, religion, level of education, economic background or sexual orientation. Abuse is NOT always physical. It can also be verbal, emotional, financial, sexual or even spiritual.

IF YOU ARE IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP...

Being abused is not your fault. Every abusive situation is complex and you are the expert on your own situation. Listen to your instinct about what feels safe, and know that you don't have to do this alone. At Lilah Smith Safe House, we walk next to you to create a customized safety plan for you and your family's specific circumstances.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE...

At Lilah Smith Safe House, there are so many ways to get involved and make a difference! Whether you're interested in volunteering or joining a like-minded auxiliary group, involving your organization in our cause, hosting a donation drive or cleaning out your closet to donate gently-used items to our safe haven. There are a multitude of ways to become a part of ending domestic violence!

*All services are free and confidential and available in both English and Spanish.

CONTACT US...

HOTLINE: (432)-299-2285

OFFICE: (432)-299-2287

FAX: (432)-299-2286

EMAIL: intake@lilahsmithsafehouse.org

ADDRESS: P.O. Box 575, Fort Stockton, TX 79735