New shelter provides haven for victims of domestic violence - Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston

New shelter provides haven for victims of domestic violence

Posted: Updated:
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -

There is a new state-of-the-art shelter being unveiled in Gwinnett County on Tuesday for women who are victims of domestic violence.

The funds to build the $4.4 million shelter was raised in just one year!. Shelter officials say raising that kind of money should have taken 3 to 5 years, which goes to show just how badly this shelter was needed in Gwinnett County and how motivated people were to get it done.

The shelter sleeps 55 people which will make it the largest domestic violence shelter in the state.

"For the last five years, Gwinnett County has ranked first in the entire state of Georgia for the highest number of domestic related murders," said Shannon Clark, with the organization Partnership Against Domestic Violence.

It's an epidemic, says Clark. One that this shelter will hopefully help curtail.

"They truly believe they deserve it. They truly believe they're doing something wrong and there's a fatal flaw within them. Now, why that culture is happening more in Gwinnett than any other place, I don't know," said Clark.

The shelter has a massive kitchen where the women will be able to help themselves
    
"Even I come into this kitchen and go wow! I'm almost afraid to cook in it, but we're going to take it and make it a fun experience by allowing people to come in and teach us some cooking classes, and really make this a place where a lot of good vibes happen in the kitchen," said Clark.

The rooms have three to four beds each -- all of which have private bathrooms. Security is extremely tight, and there are plenty of areas for the ladies to relax, unwind, jump online, or watch their kids play. There are even private rooms for counseling sessions.
    
It's a home, completely free of charge that provides these women a safe way out.

"The hope that the facility provides for this group of women is truly a place, it's a sacred place, for them to come and get healing," Clark said.

Women will start moving into the shelter on Wednesday. Clark says it will fill up to capacity right away, as all of their shelters do. Its location is confidential and security is extremely tight, so these women are without a doubt in a safe place to move on with their lives.

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

  • Man bikes 900 miles to help Georgia girl

    Man bikes 900 miles to help Georgia girl

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:40:42 GMT
    Ten time Ironman, Dave Nazaroff recently rode 900 miles on his bicycle...from Nyack, New York...to Georgia. He didn't do it to get in shape, or to win a competition; he did it to raise money for a 11 year old Callie Truelove in Gainesville, Georgia.
    Ten time Ironman, Dave Nazaroff recently rode 900 miles on his bicycle...from Nyack, New York...to Georgia. He didn't do it to get in shape, or to win a competition; he did it to raise money for a 11 year old Callie Truelove in Gainesville, Georgia.
  • 2014 Southern Living inspired home open for tours

    2014 Southern Living inspired home open for tours

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:37 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:37:06 GMT
    It's the first of its kind -- and if you're goal is to live a "perfectly Southern" lifestyle, it might be the home for you. The 2014 Southern Living Inspired Home is now open in Toccoa,
    It's the first of its kind -- and if you're goal is to live a "perfectly Southern" lifestyle, it might be the home for you. The 2014 Southern Living Inspired Home is now open in Toccoa, GA at Currahee Club.
Powered by WorldNow

KRIV FOX 26
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Phone: (713) 479-2801
Fax: (713) 479-2859

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices