ASHLAND Safe Harbor Executive Director Ann Perkins said a $2,500 grant from Kentucky Power will help in the battle against domestic violence in northeastern Kentucky.
Kentucky Power President Matt Satterwhite presented the check to Perkins and the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence at the Safe Harbor of Northeast Kentucky Women's Shelter in Ashland.
The money will be placed in an emergency fund available for women who seek to leave a violent situation but could be held back by a lack of resources.
Perkins said the emergency fund helps victims struggling to pay for car repairs and utility bills, among other financial responsibilities. The funding helps survivors clear some of the hurdles they face, Perkins said, such as payment for overdue bills or deposits at a new apartment.
“Anything anyone can do to take one more issue off the table, and let these people reach out and get help, is vital,” said Satterwhite. “I challenge other corporate partners to step us as well.”
Perkins said one in four women are affected by domestic violence.
In the 2016 fiscal year, 3,949 domestic violence victims were sheltered in Kentucky through domestic violence programs, according to Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence data. A lack of housing availability left 1,164 victims and children unable to be sheltered. Programs provided non-residential services to 18,693 victim survivors, according to the report.
Safe Harbor is an emergency shelter and advocacy center that offers free, confidential support services to all domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Boyd, Greenup, Carter, Lawrence and Elliott counties. The services are available to all victims of domestic violence regardless of race, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation or handicap.
Victims of domestic violence can call a 24-Hour Crisis Line at 1-800-926-2150. Safe Harbor can be reached directly at (606) 329-9304.
“We can’t do this job alone,” said Perkins. “It takes all of us to do something about it.”
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