Your safety is our #1 priority. If you are in imminent danger, call 911, The National Domestic Violence Hotline on their website or by calling 1-800-799-7233. The Hotline has trained advocates who provide confidential support over the phone or via chat. Leaving can be the most dangerous time and it’s important to work with a DV advocate's on a Safety Plan. The National DV Hotline offers confidential support, 24/7 and can help you get connected to a local DV program for emergency housing, ongoing safety planning, counseling, support groups, legal advocacy services, and many other helpful resources.
VICTIM & SURVIVOR RESOURCES
Shine a Light was created to help YOU! God cares more about your wellbeing as His daughter, than He cares about the institution of marriage. We believe that your and your children’s safety is first priority and care for you as an individual is critical for the support you need.
We are a safe place for victims and survivors of abuse to get support both online and in local weekly group meetings. We can provide domestic violence education and spiritual guidance that fosters personal restoration. We also support friends and family members trying to help a loved one who is or has been abused. If you’re a community helper who desires to provide support to someone impacted by abuse, we have helpful resources for you to consider as well.
We provide weekly small groups for women in Charlotte, NC and St. Pete, FL, where we combine Christian and Domestic Violence education to help overcome the effects of abuse. Our curriculum is focused on truth, healing, restoration, your identify in Christ and overcoming the obstacles faced when impacted by abuse. It’s extremely powerful to be among other women who understand your experiences like few can, as well as provide their own perspective to help validate your feelings, encourage you, and give you hope that there is a way out.
We also provide a meal and free childcare for the weekly attendees to make attendance of the meeting an easy choice by meeting other practical, yet critical needs for our group participants.
Due to safety concerns and confidentiality, our specific meeting locations and times are not public information. To learn more about joining one of our local meetings, please submit an inquiry here.
Options for Ongoing Support
St. Petersburg, FL Domestic Violence Programs
Charlotte, NC Domestic Violence Programs
- Safe Alliance (Residential Services - Mecklenburg County)
- Community Support Services (Non-residential Services - Mecklenburg County)
- Turning Point (Union County)
Please contact us if you need support and are unsure of your next step. We will do our best to listen to your unique set of circumstances, and provide more information about options available to you, to help you make a decision. If you’re currently in a domestic violence relationship, it’s important to get support prior to leaving (if you choose to take that step) because leaving is often the most dangerous time.
Faith-based Support - Shine a Light on DV Ministry
WEEKLY SUPPORT GROUPS
We would love to connect with you to provide faith-based support. We have weekly small groups for women which provide support, education, healing and peer mentorship. The meetings include free childcare and meals for all participants. We provide a curriculum which combines Christian education with Domestic Violence education to help break the cycle of abuse and restore victims and survivors to their full potential in Christ. Support groups currently meet in the locations listed below; we plan to expand to other communities soon.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL
For information about attending a group or starting a group in your community, please submit the inquiry form below.
ARE YOU A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER TRYING TO HELP?
It's tough knowing how to support someone you love who is being abused. Here are a few links to helpful information to learn more about how to support your loved one.
ARE YOU A COMMUNITY LEADER OR ORGANIZATION TRYING TO HELP?
- Recommended Book: Violence Among Us: Ministry to Families in Crisis
We teach church leaders , counselors and other community leaders how to recognize the signs of abuse, how to respond respectfully, and identify when referrals should be made to Shine a Light for additional support. An individuals safety should be everyone’s number one priority.
We connect victims to additional resources that supplement the services we provide through our partnerships with other organizations in the community.
Community Partners include law enforcement, legal representatives, local DV shelters, and other organizations which play a key role in supporting those affected by domestic violence.
Where to Find Help
Your safety is our #1 priority. If you are in imminent danger, call 911. As a second step toward ensuring your safety, please connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline on their website or by calling 1-800-799-7233. The Hotline has trained advocates who provide confidential support over the phone or via chat. As top priority, we recommend requesting the advocate's help working on a Safety Plan. This person can also help get you connected to a local DV program for emergency housing, ongoing safety planning, counseling, support groups, legal advocacy services, and many other helpful resources.
We collaborate with community partners to create and sustain programs that successfully break the cycle of abuse.
Our partnerships are creating systematic change, helping to identify gaps in support services to meet needs. We focus on building partnerships that provide wholistic support to victims/survivors.
Resources & Referrals
- St. Petersburg, FL Domestic Violence Programs
- Charlotte, NC Domestic Violence Programs