The Family Safehouse 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 Safehouse offers a safe haven for women suffering 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 women and their children to be safe.
The Safehouse has been operational in Highlands County since August 1995, and since inception, over 2500 women and children have sought solace within their protective walls.
The cycle of abuse can be broken; this Safehouse is an opportunity for women to help themselves and their families.
The Champion for Children Foundation and the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners continues to provide much needed funding so that this valuable resource can remain available for those in our community who desperately need it.
Peace River Center is commended for a job well done and applauded for their willingness to operate this Safehouse. They are truly making a difference in the lives of the women and children that they serve. For further information, call the Peace River Center at 1-800-627-5906 or visit their website: http://www.peace-river.com/
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