DC Alliance Empowering Homicide Survivors Incorporated was founded out of a need to aide and support the surviving families of homicide victims in Washington D.C. and the surrounding metropolitan areas. We act as a clearing house of supportive services for victims, co-victims, and families. We are a 501c3, non-profit, grassroots organization incorporated in 2009 and in good standing with the District of Columbia. Our mission is to serve, support, educate, assist, and empower victims of domestic violence, survivors of homicide victims, and co-victims.
The DCAEHS Inc.'s process model works in seven service areas which include first responders, pastoral care advisors, clinicians, court advocacy, pro bono legal counsel, adult peer mentors, and local government. Our goal is to deliver the best qualified, ethical, and professional service in the industry. We currently offer spiritual enrichment mental health programs in cooperation with MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital, counseling and prayer helplines, and interfaith fellowship online and in congregation. In 2019, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we implemented an online Domestic Violence Chat & Chew for all co-survivors of domestic violence. In that same year we received the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award by the DC Department of Corrections for excellence of services rendered to inmates at the DC Jail. We also implemented the National Coalition of Homicide Survivors Services.
Recognizing that victims and perpetrators both exist in communities of faith and understanding that pastoral leadership has the moral and ethical responsibility to provide services and/or referrals to their parishioners, DCAEHS established the one and only National Pastoral Care Domestic Violence Leadership Conference. Faith and community leaders receive educational training related to domestic violence, teen dating violence and bullying. Because religious leaders are often the first line of defense for victims and co-victims, DCAEHS serves to educate clergy, religious leaders, and others on how to better serve, protect, and aide in the healing process for the benefit of all.
If you are a domestic violence survivor, victim or co-victim, or anyone dealing with the devastating effects of homicide, you are not alone. Help is available. DCAEHS endeavors to be your full-service providers from the first responder call to assistance with funeral arrangements and services, clinical training for pastors and first responders, clinical treatment and care for surviving family members, advocacy in the areas of legal processes and legal aide, volunteer mentors for adults and children, and connection with anti-violence activities and programs within the community. We work proactively to prevent the possibility of homicide and suicide.
For more information, contact us at www.dcaehs.org, 240-899-4669, POBox 8753, Hyattsville, MD 20787. We are here for you.