In 2005 Julian Geiger donated $1 million to the “Women’s Crisis Center” in honor of his wife, Jeanne, who had been a volunteer and donor to the Center. In her honor, the name of the Women’s Crisis Center was changed to the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center.
We are often asked the question, “Where did that money go?” The Center operates on a $3.3 million-dollar budget. We receive state and federal contracts that fund 50% of our work, so we are tasked with raising over a million dollars every year on our own. The money was graciously received and spent between 2005 – 2016 providing services to survivors of domestic violence and their families at no cost to them, because we do not want money to be a barrier to receiving services.
No, we do not have a shelter. In the early nineties, we wanted to focus our efforts on helping survivors stay in their own homes within their own communities, so we invested funds in providing pro bono legal services and representation. These services help survivors with court matters such as divorce, child custody and support, housing, immigration, and contested restraining orders.
We do, however, have emergency and transitional housing.
We help all survivors of domestic and dating violence. We serve the LGBTQ communities, male survivors, and communities of color. To learn if you are in an abusive relationship, take this questionnaire.
This is not our area of expertise but we will do our best to provide a referral to an agency or organization that can assist you.
Yes! The majority of domestic violence is not physical but can be equally damaging. Domestic violence behaviors do not necessarily include physical assault. While they may include sexual, emotional and/or physical abuse, the most consistent component of a domestic violence relationship is an ongoing effort to maintain power and control over one’s partner.
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive, controlling and violent behavior toward a partner in an intimate relationship. If you answer yes to any of these questions below, you may need help. Call our hotline at (978) 388-1888.
Has your partner…
- Hit, kicked, shoved, choked (strangled) or hurt you in any physical way?
- Screamed at you, put you down, threatened, ridiculed or criticized you repeatedly?
- Been constantly or violently jealous?
- Punched the wall or broken things in anger?
- Consistently blamed you for their problems?
- Used or threatened to use a gun, knife or other weapon against you?
- Told you no one will believe you?
- Kept you from seeing your friends or family?
- Coerced or forced you to participate in sexual acts?
- Kept your paycheck from you or restricted access to your money?
- Relentlessly called, texted, IM’d, e-mailed or used other forms of technology to harass you?
- Followed or stalked you?
We accept donations of clothes and goods on an as-needed basis. To determine if we are currently in need, please contact us at 978-465-0999.
You can call our business office at 978-465-0999 and contact our volunteer and outreach coordinator for details.
No, we do not require that you break up with your abuser or divorce them. We will work with you to safety plan and figure out what plan of action works best for you.
Yes, we provide services for all survivors of dating violence. If you think you may be experiencing dating violence, please call us at 978-388-1888. Our hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Click here to learn more about teen dating violence.
Your contributions go to the support and care of the 1,200 to 1,400 survivors of domestic violence and their families that we serve every year. If you designate your gift to a specific program like Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area or a specific event like our Walk Against Domestic Violence, your gifts will be applied to that program or event, per your wish.
There is no cost to receive services from the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center and we do not charge insurance.
Intimate Partner Abuse Education Program:
We do have an intimate partner abuse education program. It is a court-ordered, 40-week program. You will not come into contact with your abuser because the programs are housed in separate facilities.
IPAEP is a court-ordered program for individuals who have used violence in an intimate relationship. The program’s goal is to improve victim safety while holding abusers accountable, and to promote positive change by providing educational groups.
The program for domestic violence offenders is certified by the Department of Public Health and follows the Massachusetts Guidelines and Standards for certification of Intimate Partner Abuse Education Programs. The guidelines mandate that all participants complete two hours per week for 40 weeks, totaling 80 hours.
The majority of participants attending the IPAEP are court ordered or referred by the Department of Children and Families. We also accept individuals who ask to be part of the program.