Services and Programs

 2nd Chance, Inc.

Our services are all free and available to anyone who is a survivor of domestic and sexual violence- regardless of gender (or lack of gender), sexual orientation, race, religion, immigration status, age, or disability. We are here to help.

Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • 24-hour crisis hotline for domestic and sexual violence survivors- 256-236-7233
  • Emergency shelter: The Joy Katherine Courtney House offers a safe place for those fleeing domestic and sexual violence. The 2nd Chance staff at the shelter are available 24-hours a day to provide support, encouragement, and assistance. Food and toiletries are provided at no cost to the residents. Limited support for those fleeing with animals can be provided. Residents of the shelter may be eligible for our transitional housing program.
  • Forensic exam support and advocacy in local Emergency Departments:  Our team of trained advocates is available 24-hours a day to provide in-person advocacy services for individuals in Emergency Departments needing forensic exams. Our advocates answer questions, provide clean clothing and toiletries, can discuss available community resources, and can support the survivor as they make empowered medical and legal decisions for themselves. Our advocates often stay throughout the entire forensic exam process.
  • Court and Legal Advocacy: The Criminal Justice system can be overwhelming and hard to navigate alone. Our advocates can work with survivors if they choose to move forward with pressing charges against their perpetrator or if they need assistance with a Protection from Abuse Order.
  • Case Management: Sometimes a survivor needs more focused support to help them on their healing journey. Our advocates can assist a survivor with accessing a variety of community resources and additional support systems.
  • Elder abuse supportive services: Abuse in later life may bring a unique set of challenges for those who experience it. 2nd Chance, Inc. staff work with elders age 50 and above providing support and assistance inside and out of our shelter program.
  • Follow-Up Services: After a sexual assault or domestic violence trauma, it can sometimes help to have someone to talk to. Our advocates connect with survivors as often as requested, providing support and understanding, community referrals as needed, and can connect the survivor with additional 2nd Chance, Inc. service provision.
  • Support groups and holistic wellness activities for survivors and their support systems: The 2nd Chance, Inc.  staff feel strongly that offering activities for survivors that focus on the mind, body, and spirit are critical for one’s healing journey. Gentle Yoga, Adult Coloring, The Teal Mandala Project, Survivors’ Experiences, and the inter-generational women’s Story Share are just some of the on-going activities that are open to survivors and their loved ones.
  • Counseling services: Our Licensed Professional Counselor works with domestic and sexual violence survivors and their non-offending loved ones, who are considered secondary survivors. Using a variety of therapeutic methods, the counselor will work with the survivor as they process their trauma.
  • Referrals to other social service agencies


Community Outreach

  • Public Awareness/Education on Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Training and Group Presentation

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