Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Group To Help Disabled Domestic Violence Victims

A national group called Community Options has opened an office in Cookeville and says it will be using federal grant money to advocate for women with disabilities who are survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse.  The organization says they plan to partner with Genesis House, the local domestic violence shelter, to reexamine policies and procedures that will benefit women with disabilities, provide appropriate services and referrals and collaborate and create risk-reduction training and educational outreach to women with disabilities. The grant will primarily be carried out in Cookeville, where officials say they will work closely with The Clover Bottom Developmental Center, an 87-year old facility that was originally established to house “feeble-minded persons.” As many as 83% of women with disabilities are survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault according to the National Crime Victimization Survey. For more information, you can call Robin Gray at 372-0095.