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Alabama Balance of State Continuum of Care (AL BoS CoC)
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Policy
The Alabama Balance of State Continuum of Care (AL BoS CoC) is committed to creating a safe and supportive environment for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking within our geographic area. This policy outlines our commitment to addressing these issues and provides information on how we respond to survivors' immediate needs.
Immediate Referrals to Shelters
Referrals from Rural Alabama Coordinated Entry System (RACES): AL BoS CoC is dedicated to ensuring a coordinated response to survivors in immediate need. We collaborate closely with the Rural Alabama Coordinated Entry System (RACES) to identify and assist survivors promptly. When individuals seeking assistance are identified through RACES as survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, immediate referrals to shelters will be made without delay.
Shelters within AL BoS CoC Geography
Shelter Availability: Within the AL BoS CoC geographic area, there are a total of 12 shelters specifically designated to provide safe and supportive housing for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. These shelters are equipped to meet the unique needs of survivors and offer a secure environment where survivors can access critical services and resources.
Services for Survivors
Trauma-Informed Care: AL BoS CoC is committed to ensuring that all housing and services provided within our geographic area are trauma-informed. This approach recognizes the impact of trauma on survivors and seeks to create an environment that promotes healing and empowerment. Services offered by our partner shelters are designed to be sensitive to survivors' experiences and provide the support needed for recovery.
Confidentiality and Safety
Confidentiality: We respect survivors' privacy and maintain strict confidentiality in all interactions. Survivors' personal information is protected to the fullest extent allowed by law, and their safety is of paramount importance.
Non-Discrimination: AL BoS CoC prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other protected status in all programs and activities. All survivors will be treated with dignity and respect, and services will be provided without discrimination.
Reporting and Accountability
Reporting and Accountability: AL BoS CoC is committed to continuous improvement in our response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. We encourage feedback from survivors and the community to enhance our services continually. Additionally, our partner shelters and service providers adhere to best practices and accountability standards to ensure the highest quality of care.
The Alabama Balance of State Continuum of Care is dedicated to creating a supportive and responsive environment for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. We are committed to ensuring immediate referrals to shelters through our partnership with the Rural Alabama Coordinated Entry System (RACES). Survivors within our geographic area have access to 12 shelters that offer trauma-informed care and support. Our policies prioritize confidentiality, non-discrimination, and survivor safety. We continuously strive to improve our services and maintain accountability to better serve survivors and our community.
Review Date: 2024 (Exact Date TBD by CoC)
Trauma - Informed Care
The Alabama Balance of State Continuum of Care (AL BoS CoC) is committed to providing coordinated annual training on best practices to address the needs of survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Stakeholders Training: June 24, 2021 (House 507 Kickoff)
Stakeholders Training: January 19, 2022
Internal Staff (Refresher): January 10, 2023
Rural Housing Kick-off Training March 2024 (exact Date TBD)
Coordinated Entry staff members undergo comprehensive training on confidentiality protocols and ethical standards. Compliance with confidentiality guidelines is closely monitored and enforced.