Safehouse Crisis Center Serves Fort Scott Victims of Violence and Stalking

Vicky Polen, Safehouse Crisis Center Victim Advocate, speaks to the Bourbon County Inter-Agency Coalition members, Wednesday. Seated is Billie Jo Drake, coalition chairwoman.

Safehouse Crisis Center, Pittsburg, has served 33 victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking that come from Bourbon County.

“It’s important that everybody be aware of these issues,” Vicky Polen, a victim advocate with the center told the Bourbon¬† County Inter-Agency Coalition members during its’ monthly meeting.

Thirty-three might not seem like a big number, she said. “But we spent 433 hours with them.”

The crisis center serves Southeast Kansas.

From statistical data on the center’s website these are the numbers of the services that have been given from the center:¬† 550- Hotline calls,¬† 297-Victims were Sheltered, 857-Total Agency Victims Served (Unduplicated), 10,912-Peer Counseling Meetings, 769-Support Groups, 1,019- Safety Plans, 329-Court Advocacy, 248-Presentations to 10,023 Public and Professional Individuals, 216-Served through Child Exchange and Visitation Center, 776-Personal Advocacy.

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The coalition meets the first Wednesday in the basement of the First Baptist Church at noon.

Members present during the meeting are allowed to tell what is happening and what services are offered from their agencies. A previously selected speaker presents a program on their agency. This month it was Vicky Polen of Safehouse. The November 7 speaker will be Mandi H-Woods, Kansas Children’s Service League.

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