Resources available for domestic violence survivors

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)- On Monday 24-Hour News 8 learned one local domestic violence shelter is already at capacity.

Tuesday afternoon, we went back to find out what resources are available, even when rooms are not. 24-Hour News 8 found there is always someone available for those in need of help.

“It really can impact any of us; whether you’re a woman or a man; whether you’re in a homosexual or heterosexual relationship,” said Coburn Place Executive Director Julia Kathary,

Kathary said the Ray Rice video has brought domestic violence to the forefront. Since opening in 1996, the center has helped nearly 1600 adults and children.

“We offer that long term, up to 24 months of safe housing to let people get back on their feet again,” she said.

Coburn Place has a total of 34 private apartments in the building. 15 one bedrooms; 15 two bedrooms and 5 three bedroom apartments and Kathary says each one of them are filled.

“It’s not unusual for us to have a waiting list; between 20 to 40 families at any given point and time,” she said.

Kathary said Coburn Place relies on their partners like the Julian Center and the Salvation Army. 12 years ago, the Salvation Army developed a program to help find safe places for domestic violence survivors.

“We will insure that they are housed in emergency bed space situation; it’s not the greatest situation but they are safe,” said Susan Solmon with the Salvation Army.

Solmon said it might be a temporary space, but they will help anyone get out of a dangerous situation.

“Domestic Violence is all about power and control and when an individual makes the decision that they are going to try and break out of that control that’s when the danger increases,” she said.

Kathary said you shouldn’t be afraid to get out; They will help find a place for survivors to go.

“Victims of domestic violence need a place to flee to when they are facing a dangerous situation,” she said.

Solmon says they have care coordinators assigned to each person in need of help. She said they will immediately work with them to find traditional housing and if there is an opening in another area they will help the victim get there.

Anyone who needs help can contact the Salvation Army Women and Children’s shelter at 317-637-5551. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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