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Domestic Violence Shelter To Open This Summer In Oconee Co.

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Safe Harbor announced plans to open a new Oconee County shelter this summer for domestic violence victims.

Becky Callaham, Executive Director of Safe Harbor says in 2008, a survey showed nearly half of residents in the county knew someone who had been a victim. 56 percent of people who were victims of domestic violence didn't seek help.

"Number one they didn't know where to go, and number two they were fearful to leave and so we knew that there was a disconnect between the services we thought we were providing, and the need that was out there," Callaham explained.

Safe Harbor also found more people would be willing to get help if there was a shelter in their county.

They launched a campaign to raise money to open a shelter there. Now Safe Harbor says because of local support, they've reached and exceeded that goal.

"It truly has become the shelter that the community built," Callaham said.

The shelter will have room for about 16 people and will open in July.

This will be the third shelter for the organization, which also has shelters in Anderson and Greenville Counties. This new shelter will help with overcrowding at their current ones.

Last year, they had to turn away more than 100 people, and send them to other facilities, because the need was so great.

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Tackling Domestic Violence In Oconee County

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