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BRIDGES of Williamson County
Bridges DVC was founded in 1998 and serves women, men and their children affected by domestic violence, ensuring a safe transition to successful independent community living, through education, intervention and case management. Bridges is the only domestic violence shelter in Williamson County, dedicated to assisting victims of physical, mental and sexual abuse. The grant requested will support the adult and children's therapy program though funding an adult and children's therapist and two support group facilitators. Supplies and materials for services and continuing education for therapist will be supported. Outcomes include: 34 of 40(80%) of adult clients will show improved mental health through 10 point increase in their GAF score from intake to termination. 16 of 20(80%) of adult clients most traumatized that present with symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder or PTSD will show a 35% reduction in the frequency and severity of symptoms after five sessions. 51 of 60(85%) of adult victims served through individual and/or group counseling services will report they have a physical/emotional safety plan and their sense of personal empowerment has increased. 24 of 32 (75%) of children served through group/individual counseling will report a reduction in distorted cognitions about DV, including self-blame, victim-blaming, shame, gender inequalities. 24 of 32 (75%) of children served through group/individual counseling will show an improvement in self-confidence and perceived capacity for self-protection.