Members continued to meet and administer a non-profit response of coordination, a support group for victims and limited crisis financial grants to victims of domestic violence. In 1997, with STOP funding, the first full time Coordinator was hired and that same year, the Task Force rented an office to open the Resource Center. STOP funding also made it possible to hire a domestic violence investigator at the Hanover Sheriff’s Department. This collaboration strengthened the work on behalf of victims at the community level formalizing procedures across agencies especially within the criminal and civil justice setting. With new funding, between 1997 and 1999 two additional employees were hired to provide direct services in the form of case management, court advocacy, a 24 hour hotline response, hotel shelter and grant and loan financial assistance. In 2001 and 2002, through government and foundation funding, the staff doubled to six full time employees and the following services were added: a sexual assault program, a child and youth program, residential shelter, a volunteer program and clinical counseling. The Resource Center doubled its office space to accommodate new employees and to improve the ability to provide services. A new collaborative partnership was formed with the Hanover Department of Social Services to better serve victims in poverty. Also, sexual assault prevention programs with Randolph Macon College and middle school prevention programs were strengthened. In 2002, the organization adopted a new name: Hanover Safe Place, Promoting Freedom from Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
This program provides court accompaniment for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in obtaining protective orders and in criminal and civil matters. Often times the court process can be confusing and scary, especially when dealing with former spouses. The court advocate can assist with filing paper work, explaining the court process or just being there for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Hanover Safe Place’s children’s program serves children of all ages. The program allows children who have experienced, witnessed or lived in an environment effected by domestic and sexual violence a safe place to express their feelings and seek the help they need, to live a normal life. A support group is also offered to children of all ages, in hopes that children can come together and learn about healthy relationships.
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