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Help Against Violent Encounters Now (HAVEN)

HAVEN is a nationally recognized non-profit leader in Oakland County providing comprehensive solutions and innovative programs that promote violence-free homes and communities. HAVEN serves victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in Oakland County through treatment and prevention services.

The goals of HAVEN are:

  • Provide direct services to child and adult victims and families experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Provide direct intervention services to perpetrators of domestic violence in order to prevent future occurrences.
  • Work toward eliminating domestic violence and sexual assault through prevention education services.
  • Serve as a systems change agent for community efforts related to domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • HAVEN provides free court accompaniment, support, crisis intervention and support for families. They also offer services for the family and friends of victims, exploration of victim’s financial options, step by step information on victim’s rights and court procedure resources and referrals.

    The Novi Police Department works with HAVEN to insure that victims are aware of the programs and services available. Police officers investigating abuse cases provide HAVEN pamphlets to victims and explain the services available. Officers contact HAVEN when they are with a victim of domestic or physical abuse if requested and a HAVEN representative responds to the location to speak with the victim.

    The Novi Police Department shares the philosophy of HAVEN in that we believe that all people have a right to violence-free lives. Domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse should not be tolerated or condoned. We believe that these acts have a devastating effect on victims, their families and the entire society. We believe that abusive acts are acts of power and control that the victim does not provoke, enjoy or deserve. We believe that victims can regain control of their lives through appropriate support services. We believe that education is a vital component in working toward the prevention of physical and sexual violence.

    Click here to visit the HAVEN website.