Miller: $298,218 Grant Awarded to Safe Horizons

Sep 12, 2012 Issues: Health

WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Candice S. Miller today announced that Safe Horizons in Port Huron, Michigan has received a $298,218 grant from the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women Legal Assistance for Victims Grant (LAV) Program.  Safe Horizons will use this grant to support one full-time attorney and one full-time advocate and further their representation of survivors in all areas of legal advocacy that may be affected by sexual assault.

“Sincere congratulations to Safe Horizons on receiving this grant which will allow them to continue their victim advocacy work that they provide our community in such a dedicated and compassionate way,” Miller said.  “All of us must make certain that adequate support is there for anyone subjected to domestic violence and abuse.  The individuals who work with Safe Horizons can take pride in their affiliation with one of the great organizations who are leading the way in offering shelter, counseling, and legal assistance to victims across our community.”

Background: The LAV program is designed to strengthen civil and criminal legal assistance programs for adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking who are seeking relief in legal matters arising as a consequence of that abuse or violence.

Established in 1977, Safe Horizons began as a sexual assault and child sexual abuse agency.  In 1978, the agency formally incorporated becoming the St. Clair County Domestic Assault and Rape Elimination Services (DARES).  On December 1, 1983, DARES opened its first shelter facility and offered temporary shelter along with 24-hour crisis support, counseling by telephone and in person.  DARES changed its name to Safe Horizons in 2000 and became a 30 bed shelter that provides shelter, legal advocacy and intervention, counseling, a 24-hour crisis line, a sexual assault first response team and a collaborative Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program with a local hospital.