Two organizations that now serve victims of domestic and sexual violence in Pike County, Safe Haven and the Victims' Intervention Program (VIP), will be reduced to one by the end of the month.
"In order to reduce confusion, avoid duplication of services, and otherwise ensure that victims and survivors and the greater Pike community get their victim awareness education, prevention, and intervention needs met, Safe Haven will cease operations," says Christina M. Byrne, the organization's executive director. "VIP has hired three of Safe Haven's staff and is committed to maintaining the good work that Safe Haven has done in the community over the last 28 years."
Located at 402 Broad St. in Milford, Safe Haven of Pike County will continue to see clients through Oct. 31 but is referring new clients to VIP as they ramp up their services, she said.
The Victims' Intervention Program of Wayne and Pike Counties is based in Honesdale. Its 24-hour crisis hotline is 1-800-698-4VIP(4847) or 1-570-253-4401. For more information visit vipempowers.org.