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Friends of the Family offers emergency shelter for survivors of relationship violence and sexual assault. Persons seeking shelter may call the crisis line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 800-572-4031 or 940-382-7273. Eligibility for shelter will be determined based on safety concerns related to relationship violence or sexual assault, resulting in the person having no safe place to stay. In the event a caller is not eligible for our shelter, referrals to other local resources will be provided.
Services Available at Shelter
Adult Advocacy and Case Management - The advocates are available to assist clients to develop and update a service plan that is tailored for their family. This can include assistance with Protective Orders, Crime Victim’s Compensation, safety planning, finding and obtaining housing, and working toward short and long-term goals.
Child Advocacy and Case Management - The children’s advocate is available to current shelter families. The children’s advocate partners with the mother to actively work together to meet the children’s educational, mental health, and physical needs.
Crisis Intervention - Crisis intervention staff are available in the evenings, overnight, and on weekends to assist with gaining access to basic needs such as toiletries, clothing, or food; safety planning; assistance in resolving concerns; supportive listening and encouragement; referrals to counseling staff or other mental health resources; and referrals to resources in the area.
Counseling - Individual counseling is available for all adult clients upon request.
After School Program - The Children’s Program hosts an informal after school program where they facilitate age appropriate activities and assist children with their homework.
Play Therapy and Adolescent Counseling - We offer play therapy or adolescent counseling to children under 18 in the shelter.
Groups – Several groups are offered at the shelter for clients including healing and recovery, parent support groups, and choosing healthy relationships.
Basic Needs – We provide for basic needs such as food, toiletries, some transportation assistance, some medication assistance, and clothing assistance.
Pet Shelter – We have partnered with DASF to provide some limited assistance to clients during their stay at a shelter to house their pets in an offsite kennel while they seek safety in a shelter.
Local Resources and Numbers:
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Denton Police Department (non-emergency): 940-349-8181; Emergencies: 911
Texas Advocacy Project Legal Helpline: 1-800-374-HOPE (4673)
MHMR, Denton: 940-381-5000; Crisis Line: 1-800-762-0157
Salvation Army, Denton: 940-566-6800
Solutions of North Texas, 940-898-6202
Medicaid/Food Stamps/TANF: 940-320-5700
Children’s Advocacy Center: 940-381-6970
Report Child or Elder Abuse/Neglect: 1-800-252-5400
Denton County District Attorney: 940-349-2600
Denton Community Health Clinic: 940-600-7527
Health Services of North Texas: 940-600-7527
Kiwanis Children’s Clinic: 940-387-6323
TWU Dental Clinic: 940-898-2888
Denton County Health Department: 940-349-2900
Denton Regional Medical Center: 940-384-3535; ER: 940-384-3500
Denton Presbyterian Hospital: 940-898-700
Mayhill Hospital: 940-239-3000
University Behavioral Health: 940-320-8100
Christian Community Action, Lewisville: 972-436-3662
Planned Parenthood, Denton: 940-891-0737
Woman to Woman: 940-383-4494
Giving Hope, Inc.: 940-382-0609
Opening Doors International Services: 940-382-0096
For information on Safety Planning, visit http://tcfv.org/resource-center/survivors/