Survivor Services

Escaping an abusive environment isn’t easy. Safe shelter is the primary challenge, but there are a lot of hurdles that come after that. The Cocoon team provides a variety of services to help survivors move on.

To request services or to speak with an advocate, call 419-373-1730, option 2. We’re available 24/7.

In addition to the services described below, The Cocoon also offers:

  • Children’s Programming
  • Transportation Services
  • Case Management
  • Housing Assistance
  • Title IX Navigation
  • Campus-based Advocacy

Safe Shelter

The Cocoon provides short-term emergency shelter for up to 90 days. We house single men, single women and survivors with children in our shelter facility.

While in shelter, survivors receive assistance with safety planning, goal setting, gaining employment, finding permanent housing and more.

Safe Pet Program

Survivors can bring their pets with them to the shelter, so they don’t have to choose between protecting themselves or protecting their animals.

Crisis Support

Cocoon advocates are available to assist survivors through any crisis, whenever that may occur. Our advocates provide timely and empathetic responses and assist survivors as they move from the crisis stage through recovery.

Safety Planning

Our advocates work directly with survivors to identify all steps and options available to address the survivor’s safety concerns and increase their feeling of safety for themselves and their children.

Legal Advocacy

Our legal advocacy services include making connections with counsel, assisting with filing orders of protection, explaining proceedings, accompanying survivors to court and legal meetings, and more.

Medical Advocacy

When a survivor presents at the hospital due to a sexual assault or physical harm, an advocate can meet the survivor at the hospital to provide support and explain the sexual assault kit. Advocates can also provide information about HIV, STIs, pregnancy and medications.

Basic Needs

The Cocoon operates Butterfly Basics which is stocked with basic need items such as food, clothing and personal care products. Survivors can make an appointment to meet with an advocate and receive these items at no cost.

Support Groups

The Cocoon offers a domestic violence support group called Journey to H.E.A.L.I.N.G – Help, Empowerment, Awareness, Learning, Information, Networking and Growth. The group meets once a week throughout the year and provides a safe space for survivors to receive support from one another and receive information to assist in the healing process. Survivors must complete an orientation to attend this group.

The Cocoon also offers an Economic Empowerment Group several times throughout the year to help survivors improve their financial stability. Survivors can call an advocate to express interest and receive more information about this group.