At the Julian Center, we understand the hardships associated with leaving and provide the tools and resources necessary to empower you to turn your life around. If you are in danger, please reach out to us. We can help you take the necessary steps to recover and live a life free of abuse.

Need Help? You are not alone. Call the 24-Hour Crisis Line (317) 920-9320











Protecting yourself and your children is crucial when leaving an abusive relationship. To ensure your welfare, a safety plan is necessary.

Planning will help you identify potential issues, set actions into motion and most importantly secure  and protect yourself and your children. Once your safety plan is complete, discuss it with a friend or family member. They can help you determine the appropriate time to put your plan into action.

Please review the following safety planning tips while developing your plan. If you would like help from a Victim Advocate, call our 24-hour Crisis Hotline at (317) 920-9320.


  1. Identify safe areas of your house where there are no weapons and that offer more than one way to escape. Go there when arguments occur.  Avoid the kitchen where there are knives or a bathroom with only one exit.
  2. Understand your abuser’s level of force and what triggers that abuse. Be cautious and try to avoid those triggers.
  3. If violence is unavoidable and you cannot escape, make yourself a small target. Dive into a corner and curl into a ball with your face protected and your arms around either side of your head.
  4. Make a list of safe people you can call.
  5. Have a phone accessible at all times and memorize important telephone numbers in case you need help.
  6. Establish a code word or visual signal so family, friends, or neighbors know when to call for help.
  7. Think about what to say to your partner if he becomes violent or finds out about your plans.
  8. Make a habit of backing your car into the driveway and keeping it fueled.
  9. Keep weapons like guns and knives locked up and inaccessible as possible.
  10. Make a survival kit that includes money, clothing, medications, documents, phone numbers, and extra sets of keys to your car and home.
  11. Try to hide some money that you can access easily (e.g. in a separate account or with friends, family members).
  12. Keep a journal of all violent incidents and be sure to note the dates, events, and threats made.
  13. If you have children:
    1. Never run to them as your abuser will follow and hurt them as well.
    2. Practice escaping the house; compare it to a fire drill.
    3. Plan a code word that they will instruct them to leave the house and get help.
    4. Tell them never to be afraid to call 911. If you need help, they must go to a safe place to use the phone.
    5. Tell them never to try to break-up a fight between grown-ups as they could get hurt.


  1. Secure a safe place to stay. Our emergency shelter is available 24/7/365.
  2. Collect evidence of physical abuse including photographs of bruises, hospital visits, and/or torn clothing.
  3. If you are injured, go to your doctor or an emergency room. Make sure they document your injuries.
  4. Store some belongings with a friend or relative such as clothing, valued personal possessions and children’s toys.
  5. Collect the following documents:
    1. Journal of past incidents of abuse, police reports, and medical records
    2. Driver’s license
    3. Social security card (for you and your children)
    4. Birth certificates (for you and your children)
    5. Marriage license
    6. Citizenship documents (passport, green card, etc.)
    7. Copy of your will and other legal documents
    8. Prescriptions
    9. Medical records
    10. Checkbook, credit cards, bank statement, charge account statements, information about other assets
    11. Proof of income for you and your partner (pay stub or W-2s)
    12. Tax returns, leases, titles, deeds, and other property information
    13. Insurance information
    14. Helpful numbers to have (phone, accounts, passwords, etc.)
    15. Children’s school record, immunization records, and other medical information


  1. Collect your pets’ license, veterinarian contact information and receipts, and proof of vaccinations.
  2. Talk to neighbors, friends or family members to see if you can leave your pets with them. If not, our local Humane Society has a “Pet Safe” program where they will house your pet for up to three weeks.  After that period, we can help you find temporary foster care.
  3. Supervise your pets while they are outside and keep them indoors when you are not home.


  1. Change your locks and phone number.
  2. Secure all access points including windows, basements and garage doors.
  3. Screen your phone calls.
  4. Call your phone company and request your number be blocked.
  5. Be careful of whom you give your address and phone number.
  6. Carry a charged cell phone programmed to 911; we have extra chargers should you need one.
  7. Consider renting a post office box for your mail or sign up for an address confidentiality program.
  8. Alert school authorities about you and your children’s situation.
  9. Reschedule any appointments that your abuser may be aware of.
  10. Shop at different stores and change your social routine.
  11. Ask your neighbors to call the police if they sense you are in danger.
  12. Tell the people who care for your children about your situation and review the list of individuals who are allowed to pick up your children.
  13. Get a protective order if you need one.
  14. If you have a protective order, keep a copy with you at all times, and give a copy of it to those who care for your children.
  15. Plan how to get away if your abuser finds and/or confronts you.


  1. Change your work hours and the route you take to work.
  2. Tell the people you work with about your situation and have your calls screened.
  3. Give a copy of your protective order to your employer along with his picture.
  4. Walk with a co-worker to and from your vehicle.
  5. Take your breaks in a public safe area, visible by other co-workers.
  6. Arrange for your pay to be paid directly to you or direct deposited in an account to which your abuser does not have access.
  7. Request that your address and phone numbers be kept confidential and your name and number not be listed on any company directory.

Need Help? You are not alone. Call the 24-Hour Crisis Line (317) 920-9320






Located at 2011 N. Meridian Street in Indianapolis, we are more than just a safe haven for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

It is a welcoming, understanding and educational residence that supports families of abuse in improving their lives and putting violence behind them. To learn more about our shelter, please call us at (317) 920-9320.









Need Help? You are not alone. Call the 24-Hour Crisis Line (317) 920-9320


Leaving your home and moving into a shelter is a big transition.

The below questions will address a number of your concerns.

How do I know that I will be safe?

Your personal safety is our first priority. Because of this, our shelter was designed with security in mind. Some safety features include bulletproof glass, outside and indoor cameras, double entry gateways and areas restricted to badge access. Additionally, our staff is made aware of any special concerns and remains on watch around the clock. The Domestic Violence Unit of the IMPD is housed in our complex. Their ability to respond quickly and the presence of their police cars in the parking lot keeps us even safer!

Will my children be safe? What about their schooling?

Your children will be safe. Unless your children are in school, in a counseling session, participating in a program, or in respite child care, they are under your watch and care at all times.

The Julian Center has an IPS school (K-8) and an Early Education Enrichment program on-site. Should your children be at risk attending their current schools, you can enroll them in these programs. If your children are not at risk, then IPS and all the surrounding township schools will send transportation to pick up your children and take them to school. For play, all outdoor play areas are secure and monitored and have a sitting area where you can sit comfortably to watch over them.

Will I be sleeping on a cot with others in a large room?

No. The only time you would be offered a cot is when our shelter is full and our only option to secure your safety is to offer you and/or your children a cot.  Otherwise, our shelter rooms are reserved for either adult or family living.  Adult rooms can accommodate up to four single women and our family rooms are normally used for one family, but at times, can accommodate two small families.

What does the shelter offer?

In addition to a comfortable bed, linens and items you need for your personal care, the shelter offers you everything you will need during your stay. Restrooms and showers are spacious and centrally located. Laundry facilities are located on the same floor and are available throughout the day. Telephones are available in our reception area.  A fully equipped playroom for toddlers is available for respite child care. Common areas are available to share in the company of others. A library for relaxing, reading, or quiet conversation. A television lounge for entertainment. A beverage and snack bar. An outdoor playground. A patio for adults. And, garden setting.

What can I bring with me to shelter?

We have no ability to store personal belongings so you should only bring your important documents and items essential to your and your children’s personal care including clothing, medicines, toiletries, and personal hygiene items.

What if I have to leave my personal items behind?

If your name is on the lease or deed to the property from which you fled, we can arrange for a police officer to accompany you to pick up essential personal belongings from your residence.  If you are not able to return to your residence, your case manager will work with you to replace clothing, medications, birth certificates, and any other vital items left behind.

How will I get there if I don’t have transportation?

If you are still at your residence or the place the violence occurred, you will be asked to go to a public place such as a drug store, video store, gas station, or any other neutral place within walking distance.  We will then send a taxi to pick you up and bring you to safety.  Because of safety concerns, we cannot send a taxi to a residence or the place of violence.  If you need emergency assistance at a residence, you will be asked to dial 911 so that you may have police protection.

What will happen when I arrive at the shelter?

A staff member will help you complete an intake interview, will administer a drug test, and will explain the rules.  Please note that no one is denied entrance because they test positive for drugs or alcohol.  After completing the intake process, you will then be given a tour of the shelter, provided with linens and personal care kits, and settled into your room.  If you need medical treatment, the Intake Specialist will either arrange for you to go to the hospital or will schedule an appointment with a nurse practitioner who comes to the shelter twice per week.  After you are settled in the shelter, you will meet with your case manager to determine how we can best help you during your stay.

What will be expected of me?

You will be expected to set goals for yourself and work toward those goals.  All residents are required to attend educational groups and be present at house meetings, when possible.  You will be expected to refrain from using drugs or alcohol during your stay, to abide by all house rules, and to meet with your case manager regularly.  If you have children you will be expected to attend parenting classes.  Any child over the age of four will be expected to attend psycho-educational groups.  Mistreatment of a child is not tolerated including verbal abuse and physical discipline such as spanking.

What kind of help will be available to help me start over?

A broad range of supportive and practical services are available to help you start over. We offer individual and group counseling, legal assistance, and referrals for job training, employment and housing. Our case managers can help you with a protective order or accompany you to court. Childcare is available to mothers for appointments, job searches, court appearances, and other engagements. We have a half day early education program and onsite school (K-8) for children during the school year and a special program for school age children during the summer.

What about my pets?

We are happy to report that our community Humane Society has a “Pet Safe” program that will house pets of domestic violence victims for a maximum of three weeks.  To enroll your pets in the program, you simply go to the Humane Society, request help under the “Pet Safe” program, complete some paperwork, and then leave your pet in their care for up to three weeks.  If you need assistance after the three week period, your case manager will work with local individuals and groups to find temporary foster placement.

Is the Shelter handicapped accessible?

Yes.  The Shelter is fully accessible.



If you fear that your activity online is being monitor, chances are, it is.

Computer and internet usage is easily watched. Abusers can monitor items such as: specific websites visited, emails, instant messages, social media posts and more. Use a safe computer when performing online searches and always clear your browsing history after usage. Safe sites include your local library, a friend’s house or your workplace.

Follow these tips to better protect yourself.


Unless you know your account is secure and you change your password frequently, your abuser may be able to access your incoming and outgoing mail.  Email messages can also be intercepted in transit.  If you are at risk, make sure your emails are encrypted.  A basic internet search will tell you how to encrypt your messages for the email software application you use.  Be sure to delete sent messages from your sent folders and also from your deleted messages.


Anyone with hacking skills can access your instant messaging communications and capture your text exchange. Additionally, some applications leave logs on your computer that can be read after the exchange is over.


Change your password to your email and other online accounts often.  If your computer asks if you would like to save your password or login information, always choose “no.”  When composing a password, be sure to use a combination of letters, numbers and special characters that others will not be able to guess. And, above all, do not write your password down in a location your abuser will look.  The first places one searches is in your checkbook, wallet, calendar and on or around your computer.


Without your knowledge, spyware can be installed onto your computer and give your abuser ways to track and monitor your computer activities.  Be aware.


The sites you visit are captured in your computer’s history and/or cached files.  In most cases, it is nearly impossible to completely and safely remove all traces.  It is better to use a computer at the library, a friend’s house or at work.


Both your cell phone calls and text messaging can be monitored. Eavesdropping is made easy by someone tapping into the microphone on your cell.  Deleted text message can still be read.  It only takes a few minutes for someone to install software to record your messages and watch you.


A global positioning system (GPS) can be placed on your car, in your purse, or in your cell phone. GPS tracking will let your abuser track your location step-by-step. Is any phone safe? As far as your mobile/cell phone is concerned, there is not much you can do to safeguard yourself. Look for traditional land lines and corded phones (not cordless) as they are more private, therefore, safer.


Empowerment and Counseling Center

The Sara and Albert Reuben Empowerment and Counseling Center provides extended services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Central Indiana.

The center, located at the Julian Center, provides several critical services that propel survivors toward self-sufficiency and a life free from domestic violence.

The center provides the following:

Outreaching & Advocacy Services

Transitional & Affordable Housing Assistance

Counseling & Therapeutic Services

Legal Services

Economic Empowerment Programs

Human Trafficking Advocacy


Outreach & Advocacy

The Julian Center provides non-residential outreach and advocacy services to more than 5,500 victims of domestic and sexual assault throughout the greater Indianapolis area each year.

Outreach Advocates are located in The Julian Center complex.  The advocates work with victims who either do not need shelter or clients who have exited a residential program.  Our Outreach Advocates help plan for safety, obtain protective orders and access supportive and practical services.

Some of those services include:

Legal Aid


Support Groups

Court Accompaniment


Housing and Job Searches

Food Items

Referrals to community agencies

Human Trafficking Advocacy


Safe, permanent housing is essential in creating a supportive, violence-free environment. At the Julian Center, we believe no one should have to make the difficult decision between moving into a small, unsecured apartment and moving back into a home with their abuser. Because of this belief, we provide both affordable and transitional housing.

Transitional Housing

Our transitional housing program, New Life Transitional Housing, is a continuum of services available to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who need a bridge to self-sufficiency and permanent housing. The program is based on a holistic, victim-centered model where survivors focus on achieving self-determination, increasing skills and/or income, obtaining and remaining in permanent housing and enhancing parental and relational skills.

As a participant, you live within The Julian Center complex in a protected housing unit similar to a studio apartment and work with the Program Director, Case Manager and Children’s Advocate to reach your goals. During your time in the New Life Transitional Housing, have access to counseling, support groups, legal services, safety planning, child care, employment services, housing searches, transportation, and much more.

Affordable Housing

34 North is supportive, income-restricted housing that works in conjunction with the Julian Center. The apartment complex offers 71 apartment units ranging from studios up to four-bedroom units.  The amenities include walk-in closets, washer/dryer hookup in select units, dishwashers, kitchen appliances, off-street parking, fitness center, and free membership to Indianapolis Children’s Museum.  The building also offers a computer room, community room with a flat-screen television, on-site community laundry facility, playground, secured entrances and an IndyGo bus shelter located in front of the property.  On-site management and maintenance staff are also available.

Residents of 34 North may receive access to the Julian Center food pantry, counseling and therapy services, individualized case management, drug and alcohol assessments and legal services.

The project is managed by a dedicated Case Manager who coordinates services and referrals. For inquires, schedule a visit by contacting the Property Manager at (317) 283-4470.


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