Assisting survivors from initial recovery to complete restoration.
Florida Abolitionist Victim Services Program strives to meet clients where they are both physically and emotionally, as well as continue to work with them until they feel they have developed independence and self-sufficiency. Research has shown that when a victim has a central case manager to coordinate their service needs, they are more likely to be successful in their recovery and restoration. Instead of being “advocates” for victims, where we complete services for our clients, we strive to be “allies,” working alongside clients to teach them the necessary skills to succeed in their recovery and goals for the future. For example, instead of completing a form for a client, we encourage them to complete it with our assistance. We guide them along the way so that when we are no longer working with them, they will be able to complete tasks on their own. This also empowers clients and begins to help them rebuild their self-esteem and self-confidence. One of the most important principles of case management with survivors is giving them the choices of what to work on throughout their episode of care. We will also facilitate spiritual referrals upon request. For example, a minor we assisted requested a bible during her residential recovery. Our victim services program also includes therapeutic programming to ensure lasting healing.
PRINCIPLES OF OUR PROGRAM:
An affirmative approach is adopted to identify and build on the knowledge, skills, and assets of the individual and his/her family and their community.
The focus is on meeting the specific needs of each individual or family based on their identified needs through joint development and implementation of the Care Plan.
o Activities are implemented with empathy, compassion, and an understanding of the life experiences and challenges faced by others.
Assessments are based on evidenced-based research that is proven effective to provide the best possible care to survivors.
Cultural and Linguistic Competent
Program staff understand the importance of culture in a client’s life experience, are sensitive to their specific culture, and communicate with clients in their own language or through interpreters.
Collaborative Partnership with Client
Program staff are expected to work with the client to empower them and not do the work for the client in order to help them improve their sense of self-efficacy and independence.