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Salisbury Receives $350K Grant to Help Victims of Domestic Violence

Posted: 10/25/2017 13:40:00 -04:00 Updated:
Salisbury Mayor Jake Day is shown Tuesday speaking on a $350,000 federal grant to be used to help victims of domestic violence. (Photo: City of Salisbury Facebook page) Salisbury Mayor Jake Day is shown Tuesday speaking on a $350,000 federal grant to be used to help victims of domestic violence. (Photo: City of Salisbury Facebook page)

SALISBURY, Md.- The City of Salisbury has announced it has received a $350,000 federal grant that will be used to create a transitional housing and counseling program for women actively fleeing domestic violence, sexual assault, dating abuse, or stalking.

The city on Tuesday announced the receipt of the grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence against Women.

According to officials, Life Crisis Center and Telamon Maryland & Delaware Inc. will work with the city to implement the program. 

“Securing safe and affordable housing is a critical first step for many women fleeing an abusive relationship,” says Theo Williams, the city's housing & homelessness manager. “Unfortunately, abusers frequently use housing and a lack of income as a means of control to ensure that their victims can’t leave. This grant fund addresses this critical problem by giving women the safety and security to leave their abusers knowing that they will have a place to live.”

The funding, which will be distributed over three years, will enable the Life Crisis Center to hire a housing specialist, in addition to providing short-term rental funding for up to nine households, annually. Women in the program will also be offered free enrollment in Telamon Corporation’s Food and Safety Training program, a 14-week intensive course that enables participants to receive a ServSafe certification. The city will also partner with the Life Crisis Center to create a single-family transitional house that may become homeowner-occupied.

“What a terrific way to celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness month,” said Life Crisis Center Director Abigail Marsh. “Life Crisis Center is committed to helping victims become survivors. We are thrilled to be partnering with the City of Salisbury and Telamon to provide additional support to victims of domestic violence in our community."

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day said that four of the seven homicides the city has seen in the past year occurred as the result of a domestic issue.

"We will not abide mental abuse, physical abuse, or any circumstance which leads to the loss of dignity or peace of mind," Day said. “We are creating change in our city, and in our community at large, by seeking out opportunities such as this partnership, this grant funding, to implement innovative solutions right here. It’s why we created the Housing and Community Development Department; to bring needed attention to the issues in our community which have too long gone unaddressed. By partnering with Life Crisis Center and Telamon on this initiative, we’re bringing resources together in a new, inventive way, to provide support, escape, haven for anyone who may find themselves in an abusive situation.”

The Life Crisis Center intends to begin full operation of this program by January 2018, but continues to operate its crisis shelter 24-7 for anyone fleeing domestic violence. If you are experiencing domestic violence or have been a victim of sexual assault, call the Life Crisis Center at (410) 749-HELP or 211.

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