SURVIVOR RESOURCE GUIDE

Delaware

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COUNSELING AND OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES

AIDS Delaware
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 315
Wilmington, DE 19801
Office: (302) 652-6776
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm EST
Toll-free Delaware HIV/AIDS Information Hotline: (800) 422-0429
Hotline Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm EST
Accept Collect Calls: No
Website: www.aidsdelaware.org
Email: contact@aidsdelaware.org

The mission of AIDS Delaware is to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS by providing comprehensive social and support services to clients and their families; advocacy for compassionate public policy; and prevention and education programs addressing unsafe sexual and drug use behaviors.

Service area: Kent, New Castle, and Sussex Counties
Work with: People living with HIV/AIDS, their loved ones, and those at risk of HIV infection
Services for survivors during incarceration include: Information and support via the HIV/AIDS Information Line and by mail.
Services for survivors after release include: Information and support via the HIV/AIDS Information Line; confidential HIV testing and counseling; and a range of services for people living with HIV, including case management; counseling; food pantry and personal products closet; help with health insurance needs; assistance with drug/alcohol treatment; drop-in and support groups for HIV+ persons; information; and referrals for assistance with housing and utility needs, transportation for medical and social services, nutritional counseling, dental services, mental wellness counseling, and other support groups. AIDS Delaware also offers services for LGBTQ youth, including a support group.
Services for loved ones include: Confidential HIV testing and counseling; information; and referrals.
Fees: Free
Additional Information: Services are offered in English and Spanish. Se ofrece servicios en ingles y español.

ContactLifeline, Inc.
P.O. Box 9525
Wilmington, DE 19809
Office: (302) 761-9800
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm EST
Hotline: (302) 761-9100
Toll-free Hotline (Kent and Sussex Counties): (800) 262-9800
Hotline Hours: 24 hours
Accept Collect Calls: No
Website: www.contactlifeline.org
Email: feedback@contactlifeline.org

The mission of ContactLifeline, Inc. is to keep people alive and safe, to help them through crises, and to connect them with relevant community resources.

Service area: Delaware
Work with: Survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones
Services for survivors during incarceration include: Crisis intervention via the 24-hour hotlines and by mail; telephone counseling; hospital accompaniment for forensic exams; legal advocacy and court accompaniment for sexual assault cases; information; and referrals.
Services for survivors after release include: All of the above; individual counseling; and support groups.
Services for loved ones include: Crisis intervention; individual counseling; information; and referrals.
Fees: Free

LEGAL RESOURCES

ACLU of Delaware
100 W. 10th St., Suite 603
Wilmington, DE 19801
Office: (302) 654-3966
Website: www.aclu-de.org
Email: aclu@aclu-de.org

The ACLU of Delaware (ACLU-DE), established in 1961, is the state affiliate of the national ACLU. Through education, litigation, and community outreach, ACLU-DE works to preserve and strengthen the individual rights and liberties of every person in Delaware. ACLU-DE has filed lawsuits on behalf of prisoners regarding the denial of health records and the practice of retaliation for exposing prison conditions.

To obtain information or ask about assistance, please contact ACLU-DE by letter or e-mail. ACLU-DE cannot offer legal advice or process complaints made over the phone. In-person interviews are generally not possible, although ACLU-DE will try to accommodate individuals who cannot write because of a disability.

Your letter or email should provide a brief but complete factual account of your difficulty, in the order in which the events happened. Please be sure to include answers to the following questions:

• What happened to you? Include dates, times, places and the names, titles, addresses, and phone numbers of the people directly involved.
• Do you have witnesses or persons with information regarding your complaint? Include their contact information if we may contact them.
• What documentation do you have on the matter? Please send copies of what you have. Do not send originals.
• What steps have you taken to solve the problem (i.e., have you filed a grievance, appeal, or complaint with the parties involved, or with any public agency or official, or with any other organization, or with another lawyer)?
• How were your rights violated?
• What do you want the ACLU to do about what happened to you?

Attach to your letter copies of any important documents. Never send original documents. Do not simply send ACLU-DE documents or copies of letters to or from other organizations without a cover letter explaining what the problem is and how the documents are important. The ACLU does not review material not addressed to it; a written statement from everyone who wants assistance is required.

Delaware State Bar Lawyer Referral Service
New Castle County: (302) 478-8850
Kent and Sussex Counties: (800) 773-0606
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9am-4:30pm and Friday, 9am-12:45pm EST
Website: www.dvls.org/LRS_Public.htm

The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is a statewide public service of the Delaware State Bar Association. The services of the LRS of the Delaware State Bar Association, which are not available through the mail, are made available to the community through a telephone interview with the LRS and a payment of a $35.00 consultation fee. The LRS will select an attorney with whom you can meet to discuss your particular problem. The selected attorney will consult with you for 30 minutes for a fee of $35.00. The fee must be paid at the time of the consultation or no service shall be given. Often this initial visit may answer your questions or enable you to solve the problem on your own.

In cases of incarcerated or hospitalized individuals, a relative or friend should call the service. The LRS provides referrals to private attorneys - it does not answer legal questions, provide lists or legal representation. If a referral results in a private attorney accepting representation of a client, the attorney and the client make arrangements between themselves regarding payment of attorney’s fees.

 

GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

Internal Affairs Unit, Office of the Commissioner, Delaware Department of Correction
245 McKee Road
Dover, DE 19904
Office: (302) 739-5601
Website: www.doc.delaware.gov
Email: DOC.Commissioner@state.de.us

The Internal Affairs Unit is responsible for conducting all Internal Affairs investigations, and reviewing complaints of wrong doings within the Department of Correction. Inmates who have been sexually assaulted in a Delaware Department of Correction’s facility can contact the Internal Affairs Unit to report the assault and any concerns regarding the handling of investigations into such abuse.

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JDI has directly contacted each organization listed in the Resource Guide in hopes of pointing survivors toward those currently accepting new clients. However, the inclusion of any group or individual in the Resource Guide does not necessarily constitute an endorsement or recommendation by JDI, nor can JDI guarantee the availability of the services described here.