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The Branches shelter is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide immediate, housing to victims and children who have left home due to domestic violence. 

We've helped hundreds of families get a fresh start since first opening our doors in 1981. Branches provides advocacy and support to help victims build a safe future for themselves and their families. 

If you need emergency shelter, please call us any time at (304) 529-2382.


Branches' crisis line, (304)529-2382 is available 24 hours a day to provide support services to victims and survivors of domestic violence.


Advocates at Branches are prepared to collaborate with survivors to assess, plan, and facilitate options and services to meet an individual’s and/or family’s needs. Case management is a survivor-led, individualized process that connects people with resources local to them in order to live a safe and comfortable life after having fled abuse.


Branches’ trained advocates provide support to victims, including:

  • Assistance in seeking protective orders

  • Support during court hearings

  • Referral to community resources

Advocates cannot give legal advice; they provide support and help victims understand their options.


Branches offers a weekly support group for victims and survivors of domestic violence. We also offer individual counseling. 

Register here for Virtual Support Group! 


Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children, and the need for safe and affordable housing is one of the most pressing concerns for survivors of violence and abuse. Rapid re-housing (RRH) is an intervention designed to help individuals and families to quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing. RRH assistance is offered without preconditions (such as employment, income, absence of criminal record, or sobriety) and the resources and services provided are typically tailored to the unique needs of the household. 


In general, RRH consists of four key components: housing identification, short term case management, supportive services and financial assistance.


If you are interested in more information about our RRH program and would like to speak to an advocate, please contact 304-529-2382. 


We have full-time advocates in Lincoln, Mason, and Wayne to provide support that is more accessible and community-centered. Outreach advocates in these offices can provide court advocacy, safety planning, referrals, and practical needs in the survivor's own county. 

All of Branches’ services are FREE of charge.

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