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Grant to agency serving Tama County domestic violence, sexual assault victims

August 17, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

"We're working hard to have a permanent location (in Tama County)," Lynn Koch, an advocate for Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support (ACCESS) told The Chronicle last week.

Her agency, headquartered in Ames, was the recent recipient of a grant totaling $69,372 approved by the Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors.

The funding comes from federal and state sources and is targeted for emergency shelter, street outreach and homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing.

Tama County was added to the counties served by ACCESS?in July, 2013, after the Domestic Violence Alternatives group which had provided services lost funding, Koch said.

Services for Tama County currently are directed out of the Marshalltown office, Koch said.

She serves as the advocate for services for victims of sexual assault.

Sue Tufte - provides ACCESS?services for victims of domestic violence.

A wide variety of services for victims is offered which are at no cost and confidential.

The ACCESS?website lists these programs:

24-hour Crisis Line: Listening, support, information and advocacy:

Sexual Abuse Crisis Line 1-800-203-3488 | Domestic Violence Crisis Line 1-855-983-4641 | Shelter Services Crisis Line 1-855-696-2980

Shelter: Safe, temporary housing for women and their children.

Children's Programs: Counseling, advocacy, outings, and play groups.

Individual Counseling: Short-term counseling to adult survivors of child sexual abuse, sexual assault, or domestic violence or dating violence.

Support Groups: Support groups for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and children who have experienced or witnessed family violence.

Advocacy: Support, information and referrals for clients working with the legal, medical, or social service systems.

Community Education: Educational programming to schools, community groups, organizations and agencies.



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