Northwest Arkansas Domestic Violence Shelter Expands

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- The Peace at Home Family Shelter in Fayetteville has started expansion plans to accommodate growing needs in Northwest Arkansas.

Peace at Home takes in an estimated 200-250 women and children annually who are seeking refuge from domestic violence.

The facility was built in 2008, in an undisclosed location, with extra attic space in case the shelter needed to expand. In 2012, plans were drafted to finish that unused area to increase shelter capacity.

After a large grant and extensive fundraising, work has begun on the addition of four new rooms, said Eva Terry, development director.

Construction is expected to take up to two months and increase the number of beds from 30 to 50. Another 100 people are expected to be taken in throughout the year.

"We can help more people in our community who need it," Terry said. "We have an amazing team of advocates who work hard every single day to help people start new lives."

A stay in the shelter usually lasts 45-90 days, Terry said.

"We provide advocacy, legal services, mental health services, support groups, transportation and assistance for all of our clients to meet their individual needs," Terry said. " [We] help them [get] a fresh start and start over."

Victims of domestic violence can call the shelter's crisis hotline at 479-442-9811, or toll free at 877-442-9811.

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