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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Harmony House, a women’s shelter in Springfield, will host “Girl’s Night Out,” a fundraising fashion show at a local clothing store October 27th. The event will help raise money for the shelter and increase awareness of the growing issue of domestic violence in Greene County. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe has this report.
The fundraiser, hosted by Talbot’s, will help showcase the work that Harmony House does for victims of domestic violence in the area. Danielle Conti is the Development Director at Harmony House, and says many residents in Greene County don’t realize how big of a problem domestic violence is.
“In the last 12 months, we have been able to help, with our emergency shelter, 603 women and children, but we had to, in that same period, turn away 524 women and children because we didn’t have the capacity to help them. We’ve been here for 35 years, and this isn’t a problem that’s going away. It’s just a problem that keeps increasing,” Conti said.
Conti says the donations will help raise funds for a shelter expansion, either at the existing location or for a brand new structure. Food, clothing, and toiletries are also provided to the battered women and their children with the help of the money raised. Conti says the support provided by Harmony House continues even after the women leave the shelter.
“Not only do they help us with the women that we have staying in the emergency shelter now, but when the women are able to get out on their own, we help them set up households. So we are usually in need of a lot of different donations,” Conti said.
The cost is five dollars at the door, and refreshments will be provided. For more information about this event, call 837-7700.
For KSMU News, I’m Samuel Crowe.