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, several thousand victims and their children have found 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.


The Champion for Children Foundation provides resources and financial support services to victims of domestic violence as they seek safety and healing for their families. Positive relationship building, and family-strengthening trainings, are also available through the Circle Theatre and Family Resource Center.

Our community will be healthier if these families are healthier, mentally and emotionally
— Flor Watts, Local Victims Advocate

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.