I wonder if it is normal for a person to be abused and not know what is happening to them? I found the answer to this question after entering a shelter called Harmony House, a refuge for the hurt and maimed who only ask for a safe place. I can’t begin to tell you my […]
I remember the first time he hit me like it was yesterday. I had misplaced a twenty and the blow from his hand across my face is still etched in my mind. You would think that I would have seen the signs but I always thought to myself that it wouldn’t happen again, this would […]
“He was always controlling, but things really escalated when I got pregnant,” she said, shaking her head solemnly. Sally came to Harmony House in 2005, fleeing for her life, and the life of her newborn daughter. “At first he said he wanted this baby, and that he would take care of me…but that was just […]
In 2013 I went to marriage counseling with my wife and things got worse. I went for marriage counseling again in 2014. Things got even worse. Then I just went to counseling for myself. In May of 2014, my counselor recommended that I go to Harmony House. The main issue (I thought at the time) […]
As Greene County enters a period of shelter in place, Harmony House is classified as an essential service and will remain open during the stay at home mandate. However, it is anticipated that access to services will become more limited in the coming days. The shelter is currently at capacity and will most likely remain […]
With the order to shelter in place, many domestic violence survivors will find themselves in an even more vulnerable and dangerous position as they are asked to stay in close proximity to their abuser 24/7. As access to services becomes more limited in the coming days, those experiencing domestic violence should take steps to […]
HARMONY HOUSE CORONAVIRUS PROTOCOL Effective March 17, 2020 With the recent news about COVID-19 and the potential for spread within our community and within our shelter, Harmony House will be initiating a Coronavirus protocol to ensure the safety of our staff and residents. Effective on Tuesday, March 17, 2020: Harmony House will continue to accept […]
The number of domestic violence survivors staying in Harmony House in Springfield decreased in 2019 for the first time in a decade.
There are a lot of reasons why victims of domestic abuse don’t just leave their situation. Advocates say, many times it’s more difficult and dangerous than you might think. Now, Missouri lawmakers will consider removing at least one obstacle to escaping the violence
The next time you’re in an all-staff meeting, look around at your colleagues and consider these shocking facts: Roughly half of them have or will be victims of psychological aggression from an intimate partner and roughly a third of women and a fourth of men have or will experience physical violence by their partner.