La Casa, Inc. addresses Domestic Violence/ Intimate Partner Violence in a comprehensive manner. Through research, we know that most CHILDREN witnesses of domestic violence, without intervention, become abusers or abused as adults.
La Casa, Inc. utilizes the validated and effective Safe & Together curriculum, the Circle of Security curriculum and A Windows Between Worlds curriculum to provide comprehensive services to children witnesses of domestic violence. These services are provided as part of the continuum of care. Children receive services as residents and/or as non-residents.
Currently, services are available to children ages 3 to 18. Hopefully, very soon, we will add activities for newborns through 2 years of age.
Through educational play groups and individual sessions, we address safety and teach them to value self-care and self-respect. We promote healthy relationships and discuss safe and healthy ways to prevent aggression and to avoid abusive relationships. These activities are complemented by play, music and art therapy sessions weekly in collaboration with one of our community partners and volunteers. We also encourage children work with a licensed therapist, when appropriate. In conjunction with the program, we work with the parent or guardian on healthy PARENTING skills.