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Domestic violence intervention center aids in time of need

Published 10:28am Wednesday, September 18, 2013

With domestic violence seemingly becoming a more prevalent problem in Tallapoosa County, the Domestic Violence and Intervention Center is looking for ways to inform the public of the signs and prevention methods.
As a part of the Lake Martin Area United Way 2014 campaign, DVIC executive director Lisa Stephens explained more about what the center does.
The DVIC, which is located in Opelika, serves Chambers, Lee, Macon, Randolph and Tallapoosa counties.
“We provide emergency shelter for those who need it,” Stephens said. “We also have a 24-hour crisis center, transition housing and out-of-shelter services.”
The Lake Martin Area United Way assists the DVIC with funding, helping the center be able to provide services and assistance to victims of domestic violence.
Statistics have indicated that domestic violence has become more problematic in Tallapoosa County since 2011.
“The numbers in Tallapoosa County have increased,” Stephens said.
In 2011, DVIC answered 48 crisis calls, sheltered three women and handled 10 out-of-shelter/outreach incidents.
In 2012, those numbers increased across the board. DVIC sheltered 31 women and children, answered 55 crisis calls and handled 11 out-of-shelter/outreach incidents.
The center’s 24-hour crisis line can be reached by dialing 1-800-650-6522. Each call received is confidential. DVIC can also be reached via phone at 334-749-9284, or via email at