The Columbus Alliance for Battered Women, Inc. was organized as a nonprofit corporation in January 1979. The Alliance grew out of a group of concerned citizens, organizations and community leaders who recognized that spouse abuse was a serious community problem. Two of the most critical needs were temporary shelter for women and children who had no refuge or escape from the explosive environment of a violent home and for appropriate and accessible counseling to deal with the trauma.
The Alliance sought to develop and build upon a network of helping professionals and community groups so as to improve the delivery of services to victims and offenders and to decrease the chances of recurring domestic violence. Over the preceding summer of 1978, a law student working through the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council was placed in the Columbus Regional Office of the Georgia Legal Services Program.
This law student, Leah Sear-Collins, undertook a project to assess the problem of spouse abuse in the Columbus area and to help mobilize local resources to increase awareness and address the problem. Through her efforts and those of others in the community, the Columbus Alliance for Battered Women began to organize so as to continue her work.
Hope Harbour provides emergency shelter, safety, crisis intervention, and advocacy for adults and children who are victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Hope Harbour will be the lifeline for victims and survivors of family violence by developing, organizing, and coordinating the community resources and services needed to bring about an informed public in the region.
In everything we do, we will...
Show respect & value for all
Provide a safe haven and services for victims and children of domestic violence
Be committed to breaking the cycle of violence
Be a place of healing
Instill a sense of dignity