Bay Haven DV/SA Shelter
Helping victims of domestic violence/sexual assault (DV/SA) through advocacy and support from Hooper Bay, Scammon Bay and Chevak, Alaska.
Who We Are
To provide a safe shelter and empowering services for families experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault, and to provide resources that improve and promote health, wellness and the quality of life.
To empower and nurture our generations utilizing our traditional values as our guide and foundation; to revitalize the tools and skills that our elders and ancestors used, to live in harmony in a community free of violence.
About Bay Haven
Emergency Shelter services are confidential.
Bay Haven DV/SA Shelter can provide emergency shelter up to one month while advocates provide support and referral information for victims of domestic violence/sexual assault from the communities of Hooper Bay, Scammon Bay, and Chevak.
Bay Haven Shelter
The Bay Haven Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Shelter opened its doors on June 19, 2020, in response to the need for an emergency shelter for victims of these crimes. Leaders from the Native Village of Hooper Bay, Scammon Bay and Chevak partnered with the Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP), the U.S. Department of Justice, Sea Lion Corporation and many other sponsors, donors and volunteers to create an emergency shelter program serving the needs of the subregion in western Alaska. Guided by an Advisory Committee of community members, the shelter can serve up to 15 clients, with a service delivery model that focuses on providing holistic support and advocacy for domestic violence or sexual assault victims (including access to counseling, legal support and other resources) and community education to break the cycle of abuse. Bay Haven also provides group support activities throughout the week where shelter residents can come together and learn about overcoming abuse, safety planning, women’s issues, traditional healing and subsistence living. The shelter incorporates volunteers from the community who can teach skills and share during times where story telling comes naturally. Women can work on their craft, while sharing their healing journeys. Protective factors in response to trauma and healing include the right to speak their Yup’ik language, eat their native food, respect for our caring elders, learning child rearing and being able to practice, and in some cases, relearn their traditional way of living thru Calricaraq and Qungasvik.
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