Laurel House

Domestic Violence Shelter and Services
for Abused Women and Their Children

Who We Are

Laurel House is the only emergency domestic violence shelter in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The shelter was founded by the Women's Center of Montgomery County in 1980. In June 1981, Laurel House was incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization. Funding comes from a diverse spectrum of sources.

The name was selected because of the beauty of the laurel, Pennsylvania's state flower, and because the laurel represents a victory for those women who have taken the step of coming to Laurel House to be free of the violence in their lives and in the lives of their children.

Laurel House serves families suffering from every kind of domestic violence. Annually, Laurel House provides emergency shelter to approximately 400 women and children, 24-hour hotline counseling to 950 adults, Bridge Housing for 12 families, and community education to 50 community groups and 25 schools.

Other services include:

A comprehensive empowerment counseling program for women and their children

Referrals to other community agencies for long-term counseling

24-hour hotline counseling for crisis intervention, information and referrals

Children's Program for children who have witnessed abuse or who have been abused themselves

Parenting information

Safety planning

Substance abuse counseling

Food and Clothing

Funds for public transportation

Legal advocacy, including court accompaniment and legal assistance

Community support groups for women not residing in the shelter

Bridge Housing for selected families whose goal is to be self-sufficient and to live violence-free lives

Domestic violence prevention education programs for schools, churches, synagogues and community groups

Permanent housing

Financial aid

Continuing education

Post-shelter support, including counseling, food, clothing, financial, employment and housing assistance

HOTLINE: 1-800-642-3150
PO Box 764
Norristown, PA 19404
Phone 800-642-3150
Fax 610-275-4018
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