Domestic Violence Shelter Opens Wednesday

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 at 10:32 am

Every nine seconds a woman is battered in the United States, according to a study by the Family Violence Prevention Fund.  The Bureau of Justice Statistics finds an average of three women are killed everyday. One third of these women are killed by an intimate partner.

Often times, female victims of abuse have nowhere to go and no resources for help. The Black Dog Hill Shelter in Cambridge is opening, Wednesday, to provide assistance for battered women and children.

The Refuge organization will run the shelter.  The Refuge serves Kanabec, Chisago, and Isanti counties.  The Refuge chair, Susan Morris, says the Black Dog Hill Shelter will provide help for women, not just in the three counties, but the entire East Central Minnesota region.

Morris Talks About Black Dog Hill Shelter:

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Black Dog Hill Shelter can provide service to approximately 15 people at a time.  Morris says she expects the facility to fill up within the first weeks.  She adds that there are already requests to use the shelter on day one.

All shelter residents remain confidential.  Black Dog Hill Shelter is not an emergency shelter, so women may remain there as long as they need.

The main office is located in Cambridge, but The Refuge also has offices in Mora and Chisago City.

The United Way donated $200,000 to The Refuge for the shelter in the summer.  However, there is still a need for items at the shelter including:

Queen Size Beds with Mattresses
Bunk Beds with Mattresses
Stove with an Oven
Upright Freezer
Pots and Pans
Copiers/Fax Machines
Car Seats

To donate or for more information on the Black Dog Hill Shelter, contact Susan Morris at 763-444-5475.

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