Voices Against Violence/Laurie’s House advocates for victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence and stalking regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. All services are free and confidential.
Voices Against Violence works towards the elimination of domestic and sexual violence and stalking through direct service, education, and systems change.
Voices Against Violence has been providing services to domestic violence and sexual assault victims/survivors in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties since its inception in 1980. At that time, a dedicated group of community members began meeting to discuss the need for victim advocacy in Franklin County. As a result of enthusiastic organizing, Women in Crisis was created and began offering core support services in 1981 through a one-woman hotline. The program was based out of Community Action and eventually became a program of the Franklin County Family Center under the name of Abuse and Rape Crisis. Volunteers were recruited, and through the development of a volunteer training program, written materials, policies, and procedures the program’s organizational structure began to coalesce. It has grown steadily over the years, especially since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act in 1995. In an effort to become more visible and accessible in 1997, Abuse and Rape Crisis separated from The Family Center but remains under the umbrella of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. After many years of planning and fundraising, the program expanded services to include emergency shelter with the establishment of Laurie’s House in 2003. At the same time, the program changed its name to Voices Against Violence/Laurie’s House to better reflect our powerful, proactive, and collaborative response to the issue of violence against women.
Today services include a 24-hour hotline; crisis intervention and support; shelter; criminal justice, economic, social services and systems advocacy; transitional housing; children’s and youth services; community outreach and awareness; prevention education and training; supervised visitation, safe exchange; and resource referrals. Voices also provides assistance with family court, including RFA’s, divorce and custody support.