WHO WE ARE:
In 2011, a group of concerned citizens gathered in Danville, Virginia to discuss the need for a shelter to house victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Both Danville and Pittsylvania County had been without a shelter for several years after a previous program closed. Law enforcement and other service providers quickly realized the impact the lack of a domestic violence/sexual assault program had on the community.
Through the efforts of many concerned citizens, law enforcement, service providers, and former victims, funds were raised to start a new program and to open a shelter for victims and their children. A Board of Directors were put in place and a facility to house the shelter was located. Volunteers from God's Pit Crew, a local ministry program, donated materials and labor to completely renovate the facility.
In September of 2015, the Board of Directors hired the first Director of HAVEN. In the following months, an Administrative Assistant, Sexual Victim Advocate, and night/weekend shelter staff were hired. The shelter opened it doors and started providing a safe shelter for victims in March of 2016.
HAVEN shelter's kitchen. Chief Broadfoot tours the new shelter.