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Goldenheirs learn about domestic violence during monthly meeting
Tri-County Protect Agency
Cynthia Burch and Melanie Griffin are representatives from the Tri-County Protective Agency, a shelter that caters to victims of domestic violence. - photo by Photo provided / Coastal Courier
Representatives Cynthia Burch and Melanie Griffin from the Tri-County Protective Agency recently spoke to the Goldenheirs senior group on the subject of domestic violence.
The agency, which serves a five-county area, provides a shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. The facility was over capacity last week, having filled all 12 available slots. Domestic violence is not an openly discussed topic. There are many reasons why a person might stay in a violent situation, and the agency does not judge or discriminate against anyone.
Victims are accepted by referrals from police or by calling the shelter, which is listed in the phone book. There is no time limit on a person's stay at the shelter; referrals for counseling are available as are yearly follow-ups.
The shelter is supported by state grants and local donations. The agency also caters to men who have become victims of domestic violence; males who enter the program are housed in motel rooms.
Goldenheirs is a senior group that meets at noon the first Tuesday of each month at First Baptist Church in Hinesville for a covered-dish lunch followed by a public-interest program. Liberty County's extension agent will be the guest speaker at the June 3 meeting.
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