Safehouse

Highlands County Domestic Violence Shelter

   The Highlands County Domestic Violence Shelter in Sebring is intended to be a place of refuge for battered women and their children. Operated by Peace River Center, a nonprofit community mental health organization serving Highlands, Hardee, and Polk Counties, this shelter offers a safe haven for victims of domestic violence.

   Prior to 1995, women encountering abuse had limited places to seek protection in our community. The Champion for Children Foundation, in partnership with the Highlands County Board of Commissioners, Children’s Services Council, and County Human Services Department, raised community awareness sufficient to acquire critical funding to purchase and renovate a home for victims and their children to find safe haven.

   The Domestic Violence Shelter has been operational in Highlands County since August 1995, and since inception, over 3000 victims and children have sought solace within its protective walls. The community, Highlands County Board of County Commissioners, and Champion for Children Foundation continue to provide much needed funding so that this valuable resource can remain available for those in our community who desperately need it. The cycle of abuse can be broken; this shelter is an opportunity for victims to help themselves and their families.

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Peace River Center Crisis Services:
800-627-5906

24 Hour Crisis Line:
863-519-3744

Domestic Violence Shelter Service
Sebring 24-hour crisis line: 863-386-1167
Domestic Violence Outreach Service: 863-534-4350

Rape Recovery & Resource Center
Toll-free 24-hour crisis line: 877-688-5077