Emergency Safe House
Victoria’s House, Safe+Sound Somerset’s safe house, provides emergency shelter to survivors and their children who are seeking confidential refuge from an unsafe living situation. Located in a quiet setting, Victoria’s House is a place of healing with five private bedrooms, a comfortable living space and a common kitchen. There’s a playroom and fenced-in backyard where children can play in a secure environment. All basic needs such as food, toiletries and clothing are provided to residents. During their stay, resident’s work towards independent living with the support of a specialized case manager and advocates. Stays are typically 30-days with the possibility of an extension to 60 days, based on each resident’s individual circumstances.
Adult residents of Victoria’s House participate in a program that empowers them with the tools and resources to establish futures free of violence for themselves and their families.
Residents of Victoria’s House have access to:
- Trauma-informed counseling, peer support, and activities that promote healing and overall wellbeing.
- Individualized safety planning and access to resources for job seeking, education, resume writing, and budgeting.
- Assistance establishing safe and permanent housing.
- Legal advocacy, specialized assistance navigating the legal system and accessing orders of protection (restraining orders)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, S+SS has taken necessary measures to promote the health and wellbeing of staff and residents residing at Victoria House. Changes in protocols and procedures updated in accordance with CDC guidelines and the NJ Department of Community Affairs which include, but are not limited to, use of face coverings in common areas and increased opportunities for social distancing. Survivors are invited to contact the organization’s 24/7 call and text Helpline to learn more about COVID-19 related protocols and measures.
Youth who are entering Victoria’s House receive a welcome bag and an age-appropriate orientation to their temporary home. During their stay, case managers and advocates complete an assessment to better understand both the needs of the caregiver and child. Together, the caregiver and case manager work to create a plan that responds to the family’s unique needs. This plan may include parenting support and education, children’s counseling, assistance with school registration and childcare, among others. Victoria’s House staff work to promote community, bring a sense of normalcy, and support the development of healthy relationships through opportunities for participation in safe and healthy activities.
Safe+Sound Somerset’s services are CONFIDENTIAL and offered at NO CHARGE.