Victims of abuse will have new option

The Dove Center in Garrett County has received a $600,000 grant to aid its goal of helping those who have been displaced as the result of domestic violence.

The Dove Center provides a safe refuge, advocacy and counseling to victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Located in Oakland, the center includes bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, laundry room, administrative offices and counseling areas.

The downside of the domestic violence shelter is the maximum-allowable stay of 90 days for its clients. As Dove Center Executive Director Heather Hanline points out, many people coming to the shelter for help need more than three months to get back on their feet.

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