HHOPE has been helping survivors for 26 years

 

Vigil participants walk down North Broadway. (Photo by Samantha White)

Vigil participants walk down North Broadway. (Photo by Samantha White)

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Harney Helping Organization for Personal Emergencies (HHOPE) Shelter hosted a candlelight vigil Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Harney County Museum parking lot. The vigil was followed by a walk down North Broadway Avenue in Burns to raise awareness about domestic violence and commemorate the victims of domestic violence homicide, which occurs in the state each year.

 
According to HHOPE’s website, a woman in the United States is battered by her husband, boyfriend, or live-in partner every 15 seconds.

 
The website also states that, “Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44, more common than automobile accidents, muggings and rapes combined, according to findings by the former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.”

 
Although approximately 95 percent of the victims of domestic violence are women, violence also occurs in same-sex relationships, and by women against men.

 
HHOPE is a nonprofit organization that has been helping domestic abuse survivors for more than 26 years. HHOPE’s purpose is to aid domestic violence survivors with transportation, advocacy, information and referral, clothing, food and support.

 
The HHOPE Shelter has seven residential apartments for women and children who are escaping from unsafe living conditions. HHOPE houses people from Harney County and many counties outside of it.

 
HHOPE is currently at full capacity, with seven residents (seven women and nine children). Three of them are from different states.

 

Located in the isolated, frontier county of Harney, HHOPE is the only domestic violence shelter within a 130-mile radius, and victims of abuse seem to gravitate toward it.

 
In 2012, the HHOPE Shelter provided residential shelter services for 85 women and children of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

 

HHOPE handled 665 incoming calls regarding sexual assault, stalking, and domestic abuse, and 541 hotline calls. HHOPE is currently maintaining full coverage for Harney County, and the hotline is in operation 24/7. The phone number for the hotline is 541-573-7176.
Anyone interested in volunteering at HHOPE is asked to call 541-573-2726.



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