KOLR and OzarksFirst.com’s series discussing domestic abuse in our community.
Harmony House launched a new event called in October 2015 called “iCare”, which was designed to raise awareness about domestic violence, as well as to raise funds to support Harmony House’s emergency shelter and support services. In this first year, over 200 businesses signed up to participate in iCare.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Springfield’s Community Focus Report listed a number of ‘red flags’ when it comes to safety. They include illegal drug use, preventable deaths, and increased demand for services. But one of the red flags, increasing domestic violence, stands out to many people. It’s a problem that has been on the rise for years, and city leaders say they’ll continue to fight it.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Harmony House, Springfield/Greene County’s only domestic violence shelter, announced today they have purchased a new property at 3404 East Ridgeview in Springfield in order to expand shelter space and services to survivors of domestic violence. The new location, formerly an America’s Best Value Inn, will enable Harmony House to meet the increasing demand for their services by expanding shelter capacity from the current 110 to 160 beds. Renovation and construction plans are being finalized.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Ball family contributed in a bag way to a local charity Thursday, presenting a check of $550,000 to the Harmony House.
Harmony House is Springfield-Greene County’s only domestic violence shelter. It announced plans to expand Thursday.
The shelter has served more than 16,000 survivors since first opening its doors.
The expansion, which will be in a property at 3404 E. Ridgeview, will take the shelter from 110 beds to 160.
The new location was formerly an America’s Best Value Inn.
Four women who sought help at Harmony House share their stories of being abused by the men they loved.
When it comes to finding affordable, permanent housing, the cards are stacked against survivors of domestic violence, according to Harmony House executive director Lisa Farmer.
Often times they have a poor employment history because their abuser has prevented them from working, Farmer said. If they were allowed to work, they probably used a lot of sick days. Their credit history and financial situation are often in bad shape — thanks to being mismanaged by their abuser, Farmer said.
Harmony House, the only emergency shelter in Springfield/Greene County for victims of domestic violence, recently finalized year end shelter and hotline statistics for 2014. Reflecting the increase in local domestic violence assaults, the 2014 data shows a dramatic increase in demand for domestic violence shelter and support services and validates that there is a tremendous amount of unmet need in this area.
A dozen suspicious or violent gun deaths over eight days is beyond disturbing. Folks shake their heads while asking “What’s happening in our town?” Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams, in an effort to allay fear, reminds an unsettled community that the deaths weren’t random. In most cases, victims and suspects knew each other and it […]
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Overall reported crime in Springfield has decreased according to the Springfield Police Department’s Uniform Crime Report. Despite this, the Department continues to see an increase in reports of domestic violence. An open bed is a rare sight at Harmony House, a domestic violence shelter for women and children. “We continue to operate […]