The Survivors’ Program, previously administered by Horizons, has transitioned to Waypoint as of August 10, 2020.
The Survivors’ Program works with survivors of homicide and other violent crimes to provide individual counseling, emergency crisis support, assistance with media, case coordination through investigation, support groups, medical advocacy, legal advocacy, housing support, services for children impacted by violent crimes, and access and community referrals. This program serves the following 14 counties in Iowa: Benton, Des Moines, Henry, Iowa, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Poweshiek, Tama, Van Buren, and Washington Counties.
Waypoint and Horizons are committed to working collaboratively, striving for a seamless transition of services and communication for clients, the community, and key stakeholders. Waypoint will continue to operate services the same as Horizons, and all program staff will continue their employment. Penny Galvin, current Survivors’ Program Manager, will become the Program Director at Waypoint. Greg Trudell, Monique Washington, and Jeff Meyers will remain Victim Advocates.
For more information about the program, visit the Survivors’ Program page or contact Penny Galvin, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So many factors make it difficult for survivors to move forward from an abusive relationship, but Waypoint’s Victim Advocates are available to provide advocacy, resources, and support to allow each individual to learn and grow in ways that best fit their unique situation and needs.
Many domestic violence victim service providers are expecting an increase in need for their services as COVID-19 continues to impact communities across the country. As businesses closed and stay-at-home orders were put in place, survivors of domestic violence faced a heightened risk of abuse if they were at home with their abuser and increased financial difficulties as many people were forced to apply for unemployment.