We were first an emergency shelter – a safe place for women and their children to escape domestic violence. Since the inception of CICC we have provided shelter and support to more than 1,000 and their children and every year we have more coming through our doors.
Clients access the safe shelter programme through the 24-hour Crisis Line and may live at the home for up to 60 days. They have access to various services, all of which are free:
If you are being hurt by your partner, or you suspect someone you know is, call this number. We will look after you from there.
If you are in distress, or think you are in danger of hurting yourself or someone else, including a child, and just need someone to talk to, call us and we will listen. This Crisis Line serves the entire Cayman public, men, women and children. Please call us any time of day or night.
Call this number if you are a parent at your wits end with your child. We can help you before you hurt your child.
Are you under the age of 20 and feeling angry, alone, or sad? Call now to talk to someone who will listen.
We provide intervention and prevention services for children who accompany their mothers to the Shelter programme. To break the cycle of abuse, we need to help our at-risk young people, particularly those who have experienced or witnessed violence.
A trained counsellor works with these young victims to enhance their safety and self-esteem skills, maintain academic performances and work through what they have seen and lived with. The counsellor also works to increase the knowledge of child abuse prevention for mothers.
Domestic violence is a not a ‘woman’s issue’, it is a community problem and the CICC Outreach Programme works to raise awareness of family violence in our community by engaging and talking about the issue of domestic abuse, sexual assault, child abuse prevention and the effects of family abuse on children.
This programme enhances CICC’s visibility in the public eye as well as promotes and improves access to CICC’s services, improves access to community services and service providers, and provides help, information and guidance to those in need.
Starting life anew is not easy and the more assistance we can provide to those who elect to live lives free of violence, the more successful they will be at it.
We provide assistance by identifying and reducing risk factors surrounding violence and poverty and provide the following, free of charge:
Our latest programme is the Walk In Centre which is accessible to children and their parents, teenagers, young adults, male or female victims who have been victims or have been affected by domestic abuse. Families or individuals can gain access to our programmes and services including individual or group counselling and support group sessions. In addition, it is the location of the TAYA (Teens and Young Adults) Lounge.
Estella's Place and TAYA lounge is made possible through the generous donation of Hedge Funds Care Cayman.
The TAYA (teens and young adults) lounge is open to youth and young adults and provides a safe environment where they can interact and make social and emotional connections with their peers. The staff provide a supportive and stable environment and provide the teens life training skills, recreational activities, and therapy sessions to address issues such as child maltreatment, domestic violence, sexual abuse, dating violence and healthy relationships, childhood trauma, conflict resolution and anger management, etc.
The TAYA lounge is open on Tuesday to Friday from 3pm to 8pm and on Saturday from 12pm to 8pm. For more information contact the TAYA Lounge at email@example.com.
The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre can only achieve its goals with the help of skilled and dedicated volunteers.