By HDN Staff
Law enforcement officers all cringe when they receive domestic abuse calls. They know these calls are extremely dangerous, heart breaking and seldom have a quick or satisfactory end. Nationally, domestic abuse cases have seen a dramatic rise in recent years, however, spousal abuse is nothing new. Time was when battered spouses and children had no place to turn.
Havre and our area of the Hi-Line are blessed to have "The Haven," an emergency shelter provided by District IV Human Resources Development Council (HRDC). All too often a family suffering from domestic abuse feels extreme isolation and despair. They wrongly assume that there is no one who cares or is willing to help, so in addition to Havre's safe house, HRDC offers a wide range of services to the families. Victims take comfort knowing they are not alone and that there is somebody on their side who has the experience and training to aid them with the problems they are facing.
Domestic abuse is just one of the many problems tackled by HRDC. They also offer a helping hand with their: Child Care Link, Employment and Training, Family Partners, Family Planning, Head Start, Weatherization and Fuel Assistance, and Section 8 Housing Program.
HRDC is celebrating 35 years of helping people in need and crisis in Hill, Liberty and Blaine counties. We at The Daily News would like to congratulate and thank the folk at HRDC for helping so many residents for the past 35 years. We wish them continued success dealing with such complicated issues; however, we wish the need for many of the services they offer would cease over the next 35 years.