Harmony House

Courtesy of Paula Rector-MSU Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Hue-Ping Chin speaks with Paula Rector, with the Department of Criminology at Missouri State University.

Today’s discussion focuses on the support systems in place including shelter and wrap around services for those experiencing domestic violence. 

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Many children have escaped the trauma of domestic violence and are living with a parent in the Harmony House shelter in east Springfield. Harmony House serves anywhere between 30 and 50 children at any given time. 

And that trauma can impact a child’s education.

Tony LaBellarte is the Children’s Case Manager at Harmony House. 

(Photo courtesy Springfield News-Leader)

The second annual Springfield News-Leader “Best of 2016 Photo Show” to benefit Harmony House Family Violence Prevention Center takes place during the March First Friday Art Walk, Friday March 3rd from 5:30 to 8:00pm upstairs at Springfield Brewing Company, 301-305 S. Market.  “The News-Leader has a strong commitment, in our editorial agenda, to work with community partners to end domestic violence,” says Greg Holman of the News-Leader staff.  “We have a great trio of staff photographers who do awesome work.

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The domestic violence issue in Springfield will be front and center during an awareness event on Thursday.

Unite Springfield against Domestic Violence is a town hall style forum, now in its second year, presented by the Springfield News-Leader.

“We just want people to be aware of the problem, and maybe more importantly to see ways they can help,” said Stephen Herzog, the paper’s engagement editor.

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Homeless services in the Ozarks are seeing their funding cut.  According to Community Partnership of the Ozarks, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development—HUD—has confirmed the Springfield-Greene, Christian and Webster Counties Continuum of Care will lose federal funding for what they call “several key homeless service programs.”