(Excerpt of my story from the Times-Gazette.)
Survivors of domestic and sexual violence are strong, and a ceremony Friday will make that statement, one advocate says.
The Haven of Hope, a regional domestic violence center, is planting a pin oak tree Friday in Shelbyville to honor victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The planting will take place at 11 a.m. at Purdy Court Park, across from Food Lion.
“The pin oak tree represents, to us, strength,” said Barbara, who asked that her last name not be used. She is the center’s Bedford County outreach advocate. “The pin oak tree represents strength and it lives on as it gives shade to us, which represents our services to women (shade and resources).
The Haven of Hope serves domestic and sexual violence victims in six counties: Coffee; Bedford; Moore; Lincoln; Marshall; and Franklin. It operates an emergency shelter in a rural area of that region. Women who go to the shelter have 72 hours for an initial assessment. They can stay longer if they are working on a safety and housing plan, Barbara said.