The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

March 19, 2014

More resources offered for sexual assault, domestic violence victims

Each month YWCA members and volunteers are featured highlighting the many facets of our community in which they’re a part of. This month, YWCA Crisis Services Director Ronelle Clark shares important information about an upcoming transition of services.

The YWCA Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Resource Center (DV/SA Resource Center) has proudly served survivors of violence in Clinton and Jackson counties for over 20 years. In June 2012, the Iowa Attorney General Crime Victim Assistance Division (CVAD) purposed a new plan for the delivery of victim services. CVAD divided the State of Iowa into six regions. Within each region, one or two comprehensive shelter, domestic violence and sexual assault programs would be funded. The new plan would be fully implemented by CVAD on July 1, 2015.

The YWCA DV/SA Resource Center and our Board of Directors decided against becoming a regional service provider. We based this decision on the size of the region, our geographic location and being in direct competition with cities like Davenport and Iowa City. This past year our program sub-contracted with SafePath Survivor Resources of Family Resources out of the Quad-Cities. SafePath Survivor Resources has been a long-time provider of victim services in the Quad-Cities and Muscatine. This partnership has worked very well; however, moving forward sub-contracting is no longer a grant option for fiscal year 2015 and the YWCA chose not to apply for regional funding.

Because of the generous support of the Clinton and Jackson County communities, the YWCA will continue to provide 24-hour emergency shelter, transitional housing and rapid rehousing for victims affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or harassment. Individuals or families seeking services can contact our office at 242-2118.

On April 1, 2014, SafePath Survivor Resources will begin the transition of providing comprehensive shelter, domestic violence, and sexual assault services in Clinton and Jackson counties. You can reach SafePath Survivor Resources by calling 866-921-3354 24 hours per day. Additionally, the program will sustain local offices in Clinton and Maquoketa. We at the YWCA thank you for your continued support to victims and their families. Please join us in welcoming SafePath Survivor Resources as a partner within our community.

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