Welcome to our “House”
Opal’s House is an emergency agency providing emergency shelter for abused women and their children. Our mission is to eliminate the effects of domestic violence within families or intimate partner relationships.
If you need assistance or would like to donate, please contact us by telephone:
P.O. Box 2316
East St. Louis, IL 62202-2316
Phone: (877) OPAL-4-U-2 (877) 672-5482
Fax: (618) 875-8924 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Communication over the Internet is NOT confidential and can be traced. Please call us if this is a concern.
Domestic Violence happens to everyone regardless of race, culture, age, ability, education, sexual orientation, or income level. It is the most common, yet least reported crime in the United States. Domestic violence results in more injuries that require medical attention than rape, accidents and muggings combined.
Opal’s House will provide a safe and nurturing environment for residents of St. Clair and Madison Counties in Illinois, St. Louis City and St. Louis County in Missouri and will give support to those victims seeking shelter from other areas. Opal’s House is handicapped accessible for persons with disabilities;
“Save a Life”, “Save a Woman”, “Save a Family”
THANKS FOR VISITING
Safety Alert: Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your Internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer, call the Opal’s House hotline, and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Internet and Computer Safety
- There are hundreds of ways that computers record everything you do on the computer and on the Internet.
- If you are in danger, please try to use a safer computer that someone abusive does not have direct access, or even remote (hacking) access to.
- Use a safer computer. It might be safer to use a computer in a public library, at a community technology center (CTC) [www.ctcnet.org (national directory)], at a trusted friend’s house, or at an Internet Cafe.
- If you think your activities are being monitored, they probably, are. Abusive people are often controlling and want to know your every move. You don’t need to be a computer programmer or have special skills to monitor someone’s computer activities – anyone can do it and there are many ways to monitor.
- Computers can provide a lot of information about what you look at on the Internet, the e-mails you send, and other activities. It is not possible to delete or clear all computer “footprints”.
- If you think you may be monitored on your home computer, you might consider no home Internet use or “safer” Internet surfing. Example: If you are planning to flee to California, don’t look at classified ads for jobs and apartments, bus tickets, etc. for California on a home computer or any computer an abuser has physical or remote access to. Use a safer computer to research an escape plan.
- E-mail is not a safe or confidential way to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life – please call Opal’s House or the National Domestic Violence Hotline instead.
- Traditional “corded” phones are more private than cellular phones or cordless phones.
Opal’s House | P.O. Box 2316 | East St. Louis, IL 62202 | (877) 672-5482