DVIP to hold supply drive at Fareway Saturday


FORT MADISON – The state’s Domestic Violence Intervention Program will be holding a Lee County supply donation drive Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers, including Fort Madison City Council member Rebecca Bowker, will be on hand collecting much-needed resources for the organization at Fareway in Fort Madison.

For those that can’t make the drive on Saturday, supplies can be dropped off at 827 Avenue H throughout the month of October. Residents can also call 371-7753 first to arrange delivery or pickup.

Items needed include cleaning supplies, diapers, hygiene items, other toiletry items and gift cards.

The Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) has provided services and safety planning to 195 individuals in Lee County in the past year. Over the year the need for resources has more than doubled for victim-survivors within the community. These resources include advocacy at the court, hospital, and within social systems and by providing much-needed resources such as diapers, cleaning supplies, and gift cards for perishable items.

For over forty years the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) has provided emergency services, comprehensive support, and advocacy services for adult and youth victims of intimate partner violence (also known as domestic violence or dating violence), stalking, and trafficking. DVIP works closely with the community, focusing on immediate and long-term safety, and empowerment for victim-survivors.

DVIP serves eight southeastern Iowa counties. All services are free and confidential, including a 24-hour hotline, 24-hour safe shelter which includes the states’ only emergency pet shelter for victim-survivors pets, advocacy services, housing assistance, peer-based counseling, support groups, and prevention education.

DVIP also provides information and resources while victims and their families explore the impact of this violent crime and consider the alternatives for their safety and well being.

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