Our mission is to protect, support, educate and empower victims of domestic violence and their children, and survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking in Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties. As a nonprofit agency that was incorporated in 1978, Abuse Counseling & Treatment has assisted over 75,000 women, men, and children in Southwest Florida in the last forty years.
All of ACT's services are free, safe, confidential, and rooted in empowerment-based advocacy with trauma-informed care. ACT operates three shelters in Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, and LaBelle, with a total of 127 beds. This Residential Program offers safety, individualized case-management, counseling, parenting groups, assistance with housing applications, and more. At any given time there are 50 children in the Children's Program in shelter, all of whom recieve safety planning, participate in age-appropriate pscyhoedutional groups, and learn healthy family dynamics. We operate a 24/7 Crisis Hotline with trained advocates that provide crisis counseling, safety planning, information/referrals, admission into shelter, and appointments with counselors or legal staff. ACT operates the only certified Rape Crisis Center in the community with an On-Call Crisis Team and a specially trained nurse staff, where both female and male survivors of sexual assault can recieve medical support, crisis intervention counseling, forensic examinations, and follow-up care from a trained advocate. ACT also provides Counseling and Support Groups for the community, with therapy services available to past and present victims of domestic violence and their children, and survivors of sexual assault and their families, including Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. Additionaly, Victim Avocacy is provided both on-site at ACT with legal staff available to help secure an Injunction for Protection, and also at the State Attorney's Office where a team of advocates provide victims with court accompainment, referrals, supportive counseling, case status updates, and more. Our Community Education team works with students, the general public, and professionals to create awareness on the dynamics of abuse, how to prevent violence, and what resources are available for local survivors.
Each year, there are approximately 650 individuals and children in shelter, more than 30,000 hours of counseling, over 15,000 answers to the crisis hotline, and direct services provided to more than 6,000 people in Lee, Glades, and Hendry Counties. These free services are made possible only because of supporters like you. Thank you for participating in the Purple Purse Challenge, in which all funds recieved will directly benefit survivors seeking hope, healing, and freedom.