INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Independence County Family Violence Prevention Inc. has opened domestic violence shelter for men.
Dr. David Taylor donated the shelter for The Taylor House.
Independence County Judge Robert Griffin came to Family Violence Prevention Director Patty Duncan and said Taylor was trying to find a use for his parent's old home.
Griffin thought the center could use the house as shelter for the community.
After some discussion, Duncan and other violence prevention workers agreed the state needed a shelter for men of domestic violence.
Some men were already seeking help in the current shelter so now they have a place of their own.
Duncan said this is the first men's domestic violence shelter in the state of Arkansas and to her knowledge, it may be the only one in the country.
The shelter will open on Oct. 1 and can house nine men.
Duncan said this new shelter would help stop the stigma surrounding men and domestic violence.
"We can give them a place that is a safe location and that is run by men and houses men. It is where they can go in and seek those services and those resources." Duncan said. "They need this in their community to go forward and live a violence free life."
Men seeking help from the shelter can call into the hotline at 870-569-8024.
The shelter is free to those needing help and is confidential.
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