The Domestic Violence Information and Referral Center (DVIRC) is coming to Crescent City. On January 17th, Jill Zawisza and Mariya Taher from W.O.M.A.N., Inc. met with Jodi Hoone from Harrington House to discuss the expansion of this online database to their area.
Crescent City is located in Del Norte County, a rural town not far from the Oregon border. Domestic violence agencies set in rural areas face many barriers in providing services to domestic violence survivors. Due to their geographic isolation and the survivors’ difficulties with getting from one place to another, these agencies have to be able to provide many different services to help their clients, such as food banks, job training, or kennels to house survivors’ animals. Yet, the isolation can prove challenging in helping to meet all of the survivors’ needs. For instance, Jodi from Harrington House mentioned that immigrant survivors might face language barrier problems. Many times their agency has had to rely on language interpretive services because they do not have anyone who could act as a translator.
The DVIRC hopes to alleviate these challenges by connecting Harrington House to other agencies within California that may be able to provide assistance. Both W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and Harrington House are excited to embark on this project and to learn more about how the DVIRC could work as a beneficial tool for survivors of domestic violence.