It is estimated that 1 in 3 women will suffer abuse regardless of age, race or income. To anyone being abused, you are not alone. Women & Children First can help.
Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline: Little Rock area, (501) 376-3219 or toll-free (800) 332-4443
The WCF hotline is the first step for seeking help with domestic violence. Through the hotline we can help you:
- Determine if you or someone you love is being abused – verbally, emotionally or physically
- Build a safety plan - find ways to be safe and prepared to leave when the time is right
- Find emergency shelter
- Access counseling - begin to heal from domestic violence
Hotline crisis intervention specialists are trained to handle calls from domestic violence survivors, their families and allies. You can call the WCF hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the Little Rock area, (501) 376-3219 or toll-free (800) 332-4443.
Emergency Shelter: Little Rock area, (501) 376-3219 or toll-free (800) 332-4443
Emergency shelter is available to women and children fleeing domestic violence. Shelter intake is available 24-hours a day. Many families arrive traumatized and fearful, with nothing but the clothes on their backs. WCF provides food, clothing, linens and hygiene items at no cost. We rely on the generosity of donations from individuals, churches and other community groups for these supplies. If you need emergency shelter, call in the Little Rock area, (501) 376-3219 or toll-free (800) 332-4443.
Education and Support Services
A domestic violence victim or survivor needing legal assistance, counseling, or interested in a support groups may register as an outreach client. There is a screening process to become an outreach client, but once completed, the client is able to utilize WCF services without residing at the shelter as an in-house client. To learn more about becoming an outreach client, contact a WCF advocate at 501-376-3219.
The advocacy program offers crisis intervention, case management, and emotional support to victims of domestic violence and their children. The program assists in-house clients with housing, employment, medical care, legal services and transportation. WCF also offers support groups to in-house and outreach clients to teach life skills, conflict resolution, healthy relationships, employment preparation and parenting skills.
The court advocacy program offers assistance to in-house and outreach clients with filing for orders of protection, compensation claims, and referrals. WCF has a full-time court advocate at the Pulaski County Court House to help with the orders and escort clients to court for emotional support. In 2016, 1,030 individuals were assisted with filing protection orders and other legal and support issues.
Community Housing is available to families who need assistance moving into permanent housing. This program enables individuals and families who have completed the in-house program to receive housing and supportive services for one to two years after leaving the shelter. WCF houses up to 16 families at a time. In 2016, 61 individuals were assisted through WCF's housing programs.
The children's program provides recreational, educational activities and group support for the children in the shelter and in community housing. WCF staff assist mothers in enrolling children in new schools, arranging for tutoring and counseling, and organizing enrichment activities. More than 330 children were served by WCF in 2016.
WCF in-house residents can participate in WAGE (Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy), a job readiness training program conducted through the Arkansas Department of Career Education. This programming provides individualized learning plans to help guests earn a certification with the goal of obtaining or retaining a job, improving their skill level to gain improved employment, or entering next-level workplace.
Education and community outreach presentations including the innovative P.R.I.D.E. Program are designed to educate, inform, prevent, and build awareness on the effects of domestic violence on the community. In addition to specialized prevention programming, WCF participates in information fairs, special events, and speaking engagements for schools, churches, civic clubs, businesses, and other organizations.