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DOVES offers support to hundreds of victims throughout panhandle this year

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About 125 families and individuals throughout the panhandle have turned to the DOVES program to receive services following sexual assault and domestic violence situations this year.

The western Nebraska program serves victims of domestic violence, dating, sexual violence and stalking in nine counties.

DOVES Executive Director Hilary Wasserburger says if a woman or man needs to leave a relationship the program offers resources on how to do so safely.

One resource includes an emergency shelter for people while they consider their options for leaving.

Wasserburger says the program is often known for domestic violence services but it also offers sexual assault services as well.
"What we want people to know," says Wasserburger. "It's not their fault; that there is help available. If they need medical care, we want them to get that. They may need long-term help with counseling. And they may have experienced this sexual assault years ago. Our services are available no matter when that happened and what we really want them to do is start the healing process and know what their rights are as a victim of sexual assault."
Anyone wanting to learn more information about the DOVES program can do so by calling 866-95-DOVES (866-953-6837).


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