Victim Shelter & Housing Services

Leaving an abusive relationship is a difficult decision and can be an extremely dangerous time. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and is considering leaving the relationship, please call us at 1-800-410-7233 or 319-352-0037 for more information on safety planning, and to inquire about whether the person may be eligible for our services.

In July 2013, our program expanded its services to 14 counties, including:

Allamakee                Bremer                   Benton

Buchanan                 Black Hawk          Chickasaw

Clayton                     Delaware                Dubuque

Fayette                      Howard                  Jones

Linn                        Winneshiek


What services are available?

Friends’ House Emergency Safe Shelter: This 19-bed shelter is housed in a confidential location and is staffed 24/7 with cerOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAtified victim advocates. The shelter is secured with coded doors and an advanced security system.

Refuge in other confidential locations: Victims/survivors whose immediate safety is at-risk due to domestic violence or sexual assault may be eligible for CVFF to make arrangements for a safe place to stay, other than our shelter. Those utilizing this service will receive case management from certified victim advocates of CVFF and will be assisted in obtaining resources necessary to achieve safety and self-sufficiency following an abusive experience.

Rapid Re-housing and Homeless Prevention: Cedar Valley Friends of the Family offers assistance in obtaining and maintaining housing for those who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless due to domestic or key for homelessnesssexual violence. Our staff assist clients with creating safety plans, identifying and overcoming barriers to housing, connecting with supportive community resources, and developing budgets and financial literacy skills.

If you or someone you know has experienced domestic or sexual violence and, as a result, is homeless, is staying in a place that is unsafe or unhealthy, or is at-risk of becoming homeless, please give us a call Monday – Friday between 8am-4pm to learn more about how we may be able to help. Our staff will conduct a brief assessment and may request an in-person meeting to gather more information to determine eligibility.

Cedar Valley Friends of the Family is dedicated to providing meaningful and quality services to persons regardless of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, marital status, socio-economic status, and religion. We celebrate diversity and strive to meet each individual’s culturally specific needs.  Our agency embraces these same beliefs in our employment practices, and encourage all interested persons to respond to job postings regardless of any identities held in the classes stated above