FLOYD COUNTY – Turning Point Domestic Violence Services, formerly Sandy Valley Abuse Center, has found a new home in Floyd County. On January 18, Turning Point moved from its former location at Hager Hill to a newly-renovated facility in Floyd County. Turning Point Domestic Violence Services is a residential facility that provides emergency shelter as well as other advocacy services. Services are provided to everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, or marital status.
Services Provided by Turning Point are:
– Non-Residential Services such as crisis intervention, counseling, domestic violence education, advocacy referrals, and safety planning.
– Adult Residential Services such as emergency shelter, case management, daily program activities, group and individual counseling, life skills program, safety planning, legal and agency advocacy, food, clothing, and hygiene items and follow-up services.
– Youth/Teen/Children Services include group counseling, individual counseling, safety planning, advocacy referrals, school readiness, age appropriate violence prevention, clothing and supplies.
The facility has 17 beds available for clients, a handicap suite that is wheelchair accessible, kitchen, living area, smoking area, laundry facilities, bathroom and BBT Bank sponsored an outside play area for the children residents. Center workers strive to make the center feel safe, secure and like home for the residents. Residents are given chores and work together to keep the facility neat and clean.
“For many of our residence this is the first safe stable home they have had in a while. We want people whom may need our services to reach out to us, we are on your side. We work with women so they are able to keep their children. We also have advocates that will accompany individuals to court hearings or any place else they may need to go and want an advocate,” said Center Director, Connie Little.
Connie Little has worked with the domestic violence program for 16 years. Assistant Director, Elizabeth Fitch has worked at the shelter for 12 years. Turning Point serves the Big Sandy Area Development District, including Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike Counties. Clients can refer themselves or be referred by local law enforcement or community agencies. Turning Point has six advocates available that are certified by the state of Kentucky as Certified Domestic Violence Advocates.
Board of Directors include: Jennifer Burke Elliot, Laura Kreutzer, Gail Spradlin, Owen Wright, Stayce McQueen, Les Stapleton, Chris Griffith, Suzanne Daniels and Jerri Williams.
Responding to domestic violence requires a community wide effort. Turning Point Domestic Violence Services provides 24 hour crisis intervention services. The 24 hour hot line is answered by certified domestic violence advocates to provide information, referrals and support.
Turning Point is a project funded by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, United Way of Eastern Kentucky, Community Support, and individual donations. The center is always in need of volunteer help, monetary donations, toys, clothing, books, and personal hygiene items. As a community we can come together to stop domestic violence. No individual should suffer at the hands of another. If you want to make a donation or get involved contact the center at 1-800-649-6605 Toll Free 24 hour crisis line or 606-886-6025.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 794-0290.