The Shade Tree is not a shelter. It is a place that families and their pets can call home for an extended period of time but it is contingent upon the women and children participating in programs to educate & rebuild their confidence and comfort in society and as a family.
The Women are afforded:
- Support Groups & Education for adult survivors of domestic violence. The groups cover topics including, post-traumatic stress, why men batter, how to identify a batterer, how does it impact you and your children, effective parenting, why victims don’t leave, animal abuse and its relation to domestic abuse, planning, community outreach, victim rights, protective orders & the legal system, how to re-enter the work-place, career building etc.
The Children are afforded:
- Support Groups & Education. The focus is dealing with the feelings of domestic violence, how to express feelings in a positive manner, how to resolve conflict through words not action, blame resolution, animal care and compassion.