Livingston Area Council Against Spouse Abuse,Inc. (LACASA)
LACASA is the only agency in Livingston County where survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault can come for help, hope and healing. We provide support, shelter, counseling and legal advocacy for survivors and their families at no charge.
Our groundbreaking programs have served as a model for agencies throughout the state. Early on in our 30-year history, we understood the intricate link between child abuse and domestic violence. Our community education and prevention initiatives are far-reaching and extend beyond our county limits.
LACASA’s Children and Youth Program provides art therapy rooms, special youth counseling rooms, a creative arts studio, and an imagination station room. This special setting even features child-height windows—designed to provide children with a sense of openness, importance and control over their environment.
LACASA recently spearheaded the county’s only Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program for abused and neglected children who are in the family court and foster systems.
Our Sexual Assault Response Center provides a private, confidential setting—away from public hospital emergency rooms—where sexual assault survivors may come for support, forensic examinations and counseling. We employ a specialized team of on-call Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. Our counseling team provides weekly support groups for sexual assault survivors and their families.
Grant funding from the Art Van Challenge would help us to continue innovative programs that really make a difference in the lives of vulnerable survivors.
“It is LACASA’s mission to eliminate the crimes of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. Every dollar is more important today than ever, especially those that support our efforts to break the cycle of violence by offering information and alternatives to youth in our community. We owe it to future generations and we will not stop until violence is eliminated. Your generosity with additional grant dollars will allow us to continue providing this programming.”
–Michael J. Murphy
Livingston County Undersheriff, Chairman, LACASA Board of Directors