October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Ask any little girl what her two favorite colors are, and she’s likely to say pink and purple.  Ironically, the same two colors signify two of her worst nightmares as she grows older:  breast cancer and domestic violence.  October is Awareness Month for both the deadly disease and the devastating, violent crime.  It is also a time to celebrate the amazing survivors of both.

 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Harbor House Domestic Violence Center in Stone County has had to cancel their planned Candlelight Vigil for this year. We, however, will be selling raffle tickets, raffling off a Hand-quilted Quilt that was designed, created and donated by the ladies of Wright’s Chapel.  We will be setting up a table each Saturday in October to sell tickets and hand out some free resources and gifts. Come see us from 8:00am- 3:00pm, October 3rd at King Savers in Branson West, October 10th at Harter House in Kimberling City, October 17th at Ma’s Place in Kimberling City, October 24th & 31st at Christian Associates Thrift Store in Branson West. The drawing will be held Oct 31st.

 

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one in every three women has been a victim of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within her lifetime, and one in every four has been a victim of severe physical violence.  Created in 1985 as a victim services program of Christian Associates of Table Rock Lake, Harbor House Domestic Violence Center has protected and still protects thousands of women from across the country.

 

Please join the movement to end violence against women.  If you or a loved one are a victim of domestic violence, please call the Harbor House Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.877.507.7233.

Domestic Violence Center Sets Out on its Own

Harbor House Domestic Violence Center, Stone County’s only shelter for battered women and their children, is setting out on its own, with 32 years of experience as its guide.  Having been under the direction of Christian Associates of Table Rock Lake since 1985, the domestic violence center has filed an application with the Internal Revenue Service to become a stand-alone 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  “Harbor

House has done a phenomenal job of protecting women and children from the transgressions of domestic violence,” says Larry Leek, Christian Associates CEO.  “We are confident our knowledgeable, compassionate staff is more than ready to leave the nest.”

 

Christian Associates started its victim services program after seeing a rise in domestic violence in the mid-80s.  For many years, hotel rooms and apartments donated by area businesses were used to house women and children who had been victimized.  In January 2008, Christian Associates relocated its program to the shores of Table Rock Lake, where residents were safely housed in condominiums.  Harbor House residents enjoyed renewed strength and newfound hope for a life free from violence in their new, serene environment.  In June 2015, Christian Associates established a permanent home for Harbor House Domestic Violence Center, convenient to the organization’s supporting offices.

 

As its own entity, Harbor House will continue to provide a safe environment for the women and children of Stone County, as well as those from across the country.  “Domestic violence is present in every community,” says Vicki Trump, Executive Director of Harbor House.  “Why limit our services to one county when we can help thousands more women and children who need us.”

 

With processing underway at the Federal level, Harbor House held its first Board Meeting on Wednesday, August 2.  New Board members include Angie Langston, Michelle Rippee, Chairman, Janet Beeler, Reina Daleske, and Dr. Debra Williams.  “We are so pleased to have such a wonderful Board,” says Trump.  “These ladies are all outstanding members of our community and will be a valuable asset to Harbor House.  We look forward to their input as we embark on our new journey.”

 

Harbor House Domestic Violence Center is monitored 24 hours a day, by a comprehensive security system and staff members who work around the clock to provide assistance and support.  Women in abusive relationships are encouraged to call the Center’s 24-hour hotline, at 1.877.507.7233.