Family Support Services recently announced it secured funding through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to provide locally accessible, non-residential, domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy services to the Clay County community.
Community members may access the services beginning Sept. 4, 2012, at the Family Support Services office, located at 600 W. National Ave., Brazil.
Family Support Services has provided Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault advocacy services to the surrounding communities of Putnam and Owen counties for more than 30 years.
The goal of Family Support Services is to provide advocacy and support to victims and their dependents.
Services include advocacy, assistance with protective orders, transportation to essential resources, as well as domestic violence prevention and awareness activities within Clay County.
In preparation for the opening of the new office, the organization is asking residents to help them understand and plan for the needs of Clay County.
Many residents have responded to community surveys regarding domestic violence in Clay County and the results from the surveys will guide conversations at a Community Forum on Domestic Violence, scheduled to take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, at the YMCA of Clay County, 225 E. Kruzan St., Brazil.
All community members are invited to attend.
According to the organization, community input is "valuable in helping us assess the specific needs of your community."
In addition, professionals in the community are also invited to attend the Professional Forum on Domestic Violence, set for Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 9 a.m., also at the YMCA.
The program is currently seeking volunteers in support of the organization.
Those interested in volunteering or in need of further information should call 1-877-913-5536.