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Non-Profit Driving Its Plan for Multi-Service Facility to Shelter Domestic-Violence Victims

Posted June 5, 2007

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— A plan by the domestic-violence agency Interact could create a model for domestic violence programs across the state — a single location in which women and dependents could get shelter, counseling, legal advice, medical help and access to police.

Interact has taken ownership of the former YWCA building on Oberlin Road in Raleigh. Now, there are only empty rooms and hallways, but some believe it is a vision for how to provide services. Interact plans to open the building early in 2008.

“This program will be a model program for domestic-violence agencies all across the country because what we're doing is providing one-stop shopping for families that are in crisis,” Adam Hartzell, Interact’s executive director, said Tuesday.

“We'll have legal services. We'll have law enforcement, vocational education opportunities, a medical clinic that will be on site,” Hartzell said.

The Raleigh Police Department has agreed to move it's entire Domestic Violence Unit to Interact’s center.

The project also has the support of the Legislature. This session alone, there have been more than 40 bills introduced related to domestic violence, including a bill that would earmark $500,000 for the project.

“It has been bipartisan, almost unanimous votes on a lot of these topics,” state Sen. Janet Cowell, D-Wake, said.

“With the interact bill, that one is really about the capacity of having additional beds in Wake County which is ,of course, one of the highest-growth counties,” Cowell explained.

“We are turning away families that need help, and that's not the situation we want to be in,” Hartzell said.

Interact estimates that the entire project will cost about $5 million, of which it has raised about half.

The non-profit plans to launch a public campaign for support in the next few weeks.

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  • catwoman2 Jun 6, 2007

    Yes, thanks for the info! I have already emailed them for more info on volunteering. They also have a location in Fuquay.

  • EagleGirl Jun 6, 2007

    mwsavage, thanks for the website information.

  • mwsavage Jun 6, 2007

    Interact's website is www.interactofwake.org
    There are always volunteers and donations needed.
    You can also call them for further information at (919)828-7501.

  • JennaRink Jun 6, 2007

    Excellent! There should be a place like this available to all women (and men) who suffer abuse. My sister was abused by her husband, tried to leave MANY times and kept 'having' to go back. People who haven't experienced this personally don't seem to understand "having to go back" Luckily, my sis managed to leave FOR GOOD after 12 years of it...probably would have been a lot sooner if she'd had somewhere like this to go to for help! That 12 years damaged her & her kids for life, probably more than I'll ever know!

  • catwoman2 Jun 6, 2007

    I think this is great. My husband and I wouldlike to find out more about this in order to volunteer our time.

  • peace_of_mind Jun 6, 2007

    They need to offer a shooting class as well as discount firearm rental for these ladies.

  • InhisName aka CaryCrazzy Jun 6, 2007

    EagleGirl, I totaly agree with you and I would love to come and volunteer as well. Just call

  • EagleGirl Jun 6, 2007

    This is wonderful news. Now, I wonder when they will start hiring? I would love to help or even volunteer!

  • bonnnie Jun 6, 2007

    This is a great project!

  • spiritwarriorwoman1 Jun 6, 2007

    Praying for those suffering abuse in any area of their life. Praying for their safety and for them to flourish in the light of the one true God.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

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