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Domestic Violence Safe House

Contact: Christine Gilfillan|Director|717.299.9677|for immediate assistance call 717.299.1249||fax: 717.290.6855

If you are a victim of domestic violence, help is just a phone call away.

DVS 24-Hour Hotline
Collect Calls Accepted

National Domestic Violence
1.800.799.SAFE (7233)
TTY 1.800.787.3224

If you need assistance, you can now text a DVS advocate. Text SAFE to 61222

Email is not a secure form of communication, we do not respond to it 24/7, and crisis-related messages should be directed to the 24-Hour Hotline. A person requesting information via email may not receive an immediate reply.

Only general questions and information such as volunteer inquiries, donation information, etc. may be shared via email:

Tips for domestic abuse victims

  • Leave the scene immediately
  • Go to a neighbor’s home
  • Call 9-1-1 and explain your situation
  • Call our hotline at 717.299.1249
  • Follow through with whatever action you decide to take!

Safe House

Our confidential and secure Safe House provides a temporary safe place for victims of domestic violence (and their children) who are forced to flee their home for safety reasons. Advocates are on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support, education and counseling, as well as information and referral to community resources. Services provided during the stay help to stabilize the victim’s immediate crisis as well as support long term goal planning.

Call the 24-hour Hotline at 717.299.1249 for immediate help with an emergency or for more information about shelter services.

DVS 24-Hour Hotline

Help is just a phone call away! This lifeline for victims in danger provides immediate peer support, information, safety planning and coordination of resources.

Individual and Group Counseling

Domestic violence counseling works with victims to explore relationship alternatives, establish short and long term goals, develop self-esteem and promote personal growth. Support groups provide participants with an outlet to share their experiences and growth process with other victims. Counseling services are available to both shelter residents and non-residents.

Contact us at 717.299.9677 for more information about support group locations.

Children’s Services

Children are deeply affected by domestic violence. Not only are they likely to suffer physical, psychological and behavioral problems as a result of living in a home with domestic violence, they may grow up to repeat their parents’ behavior. Witnessing family violence can predispose them to become involved in an abusive relationship, either as a victim or a perpetrator.

DVS offers a multi-faceted program for children, with age-appropriate programs utilizing arts and crafts, music, books, games, movement, gardening and homework time. DVS also offers activities and field trips for parents and children and individual supportive counseling.

Children’s services are also available to non-shelter residents whose parents are participating in counseling.


DVS provides free, confidential services and is committed to serving all victims of domestic violence and their dependent children. Facilities are handicapped-accessible.